How Do You Spell S-E-R-V-I-C-E

Sometimes we can get caught up in the prestige, money, or general good feelings involved in service. So much so, we lose sight of why we are doing it in the first place. Nothing wrong with prestige, money and good feelings. It’s just that when our attention is on service, they come to us. When it’s the other way around, we feel like we are in a struggle to get them.

So my questions this Monday are:

– How can I be of service to you?
– How are you being of service in your own life?

You can answer in the comments or on your own blog. I’ll be back later to give you my take on it 🙂

I’m back! Here’s how I spell SERVICE.

S – Smile

As Sherri said in the comments, sometimes we make service into this complex activity. Sometimes, it can be as simple as a smile. Smiles don’t cost time or money, and they actually generate positive energy.

E – Engage

Lending your ear in a conversation could be the greatest act of service that you provide throughout the day. Rather than thinking of the next activity or the next thing you want to say, take the time to truly engage in a conversation, and be present with your loved ones when you are out and about. When you kids are in the back seat going on about their day, you can really listen to what they’re saying and respond in kind, rather than thinking about what’s on for dinner.

R – Recommend

I used to be very hesitant about giving recommendations for anything. Mostly because I didn’t want to be wrong and put my reputation out on the line and I didn’t want to be called a “know-it-all”. Recently, through experience, I found out that people really treasure recommendations. It saves them time, and risk. It’s one of those acts of service that just requires you to put yourself on the line. It’s now so much about sacrifice as it is about sharing.

V – Volunteer

Service is often synonymous with volunteering. More than money, organizations need your time, expertise, and energy, and you always have them to give. Whether it’s helping to build a house with Habitat for Humanity, running for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, or sharing your knowledge of online marketing with the local ASPCA, volunteering gives you the opportunity to see just how fortunate and talented you are.

I – Inquire

Asking opens the door for opportunities to serve. Sometimes, just extending the offer is enough to brighten someone’s day and lighten their load. However, if you want to go a step further, consider asking “What can I do to help?” instead of asking, “Is there anything I can do to help?” Or take it a step further and ask “How can I help you do xxx?” This shows that you are not only willing, but able to provide meaningful assistance.

C – Contribute

If you can’t find the time to dedicate 2 hours a week (or however many hours you wish you could volunteer) to your favorite charity, consider making a monetary contribution equivalent to the time you would have spent.

E – Be Enthusiastic

You run the risk of being overly bubbly, but that’s a risk you should be more than willing to take 😉 Enthusiasm is contagious and it makes a light load out of any activity. When you show up to a task, embrace the opportunity with gusto. Go to your meetings with fresh ideas. Go the extra mile to help a colleague with a piece of code. Spread your enthusiasm freely. You will surely notice a shift in your environment, and it didn’t cost you a thing.

In Spirit,
Nneka

Nneka Kelly, Woo Biz Coach
Nneka works with budding holistic practitioners and Woo Biz Owners to honor your intuition while creating systems to grow your business.

4 Responses to “How Do You Spell S-E-R-V-I-C-E

  • Hello Nneka, my new friend. This is my first visit to your blog, and I look forward to reading and getting to know you. You have been of such great service to me, already, with your recent visit to my blog, and your thoughtful comments.

    Sometimes we think being of service must be very complicated, or expensive, in terms of time and money — sacrifice! — but I think the spirit of service is much simpler: just being present, in the moment, with whoever you are with, family, friend or stranger; taking the time (and it’s not so much) to connect, to be interested & compassionate; even just to smile.

    Have a wonderful Monday,
    Sherri

  • Hi Nneka

    Some great points up there. I particularly liked ‘I for Inquire’.

  • Sherri, I never really thought about it that way, but you are so right. So often we think that if we’re having fun, it’s not service, but it’s even better that way because your joy is shared as well.

    Steve, asking makes all the difference. Better than that is offering, like holding the elevator door for someone.

    Cheers,
    Nneka

  • You’re right. We should live from a base of service rather than trying to get as much stuff as we can.
    I smile at strangers as I walk by. It might be the only smile they’re going to get.