Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Welcome to Service – The Action Form of Love
Have you ever noticed that some people seem to thrive on raining on parades? No matter how good an idea someone has, they’re the ones who feel it’s their obligation to “bring a dose of reality” and count off all the reasons why something can’t be done.
Like predators in the wild, they seem to be able to sniff out someone with a dream or a goal, and when their prey is most vulnerable, they go in for the kill. No earnest hope for success, big or small, escapes their notice or their death grip.
We all know predators like this.
They’re in the workplace. They’re in our schools. They may even be in our home.
What can we do about them?
That’s today’s challenge.
Today, find someone with a dream, an innovative idea or a goal. Help protect them from the dream killer.
Cheer them on.
Tell them reasons why they can do something, even in the face of someone telling them why they cannot.
It doesn’t take much to help a dreamer, but your encouragement may have to be doled out in proportion to the discouragement they’re also receiving.
This is a simple challenge. It will be easy for you to do. How do I know?
Because you have dreams, too. You know what it feels like to be told it can’t be done. You understand the pressure, the heartache and the hopeless feeling of a broken dream.
Tell them it can be done.
Tell them you believe in them.
And then, watch them do it.
Thank you for reading today’s challenge. Thank you for being willing to share it with others, especially the dreamers and believers you know.
And thank you for remembering that Service is the Action Form of Love.