When I started a career based solely on service to others, I struggled with it for many reasons.
I was surrounded by trauma, suffering and sadness. Quite often those emotions were expressed as anger and frustration, and directed at me.
Before leaving the house every day,I read a little plaque that I had hung by the front door;
The highest goodness is like water. Water benefits all things and does not compete. It stays in the lowly places which others despise. Therefore it is near the eternal.~Lao-Tzu~
Each day I read this quote, hoping that I could just make it through another day. Be like water, I reminded myself…be like water.
As pithy as it sounds, there is beauty in the dim, dark and mundane places that we so often avoid.
Being joyful is easy when life is fun and exciting, not so easy when tedium exists. Not so easy when stress is relentless day after day.
One of the secrets to happiness is being in the present moment and offering gratitude, even if it’s just that the present, unpleasant, moment will be over soon.
Be like water….