On this Memorial Day, we cannot think of a more meaningful topic than serving others. This Holiday in and of itself is an example of the ultimate sacrifice, ones own life in the name of service. On this day, we not only recall our loved ones who gave up their lives for us in the name of freedom, but all those who have served our country and their families who also have gone through so much to provide all of us with the gift of independence.
Not all of us are called to such service, but all of us can make a difference. Not only can we be the change we wish to see in the world, it is actually healthy for us to do so. Recent studies suggest not only is volunteering and giving back actually healthy for us, it also can help us live longer.
If you are unsure of where to start, but have a desire to volunteer more, first look inward. What are your strengths? What sparks joy in your heart? Are you a talented musician? Perhaps teach music, or play for the elderly. Does cooking making you feel at peace and calm? Maybe sign up to cook for a local soup kitchen. Are you a talented hairstylist? Think about cutting hair for the homeless, or needy. Bring your talents to those who need them most.
Our efforts do not need to be dramatic in order to be meaningful. A simple gesture of kindness can change someones life.