Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.
I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.
— Mother Teresa
For more than 45 years, Mother Teresa comforted the poor, the dying, and the unwanted around the world. Over the years, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity grew from 12 to thousands, serving the “poorest of the poor” in 450 centers world-wide. She rescued homeless and dying people from the gutters and garbage dumps in Calcutta. Her work spread from Calcutta to New York to Albania, and she was one of the pioneers of establishing homes for people with AIDS.
Through her work, Mother Teresa was a living example of her belief that love is embodied, or given true form, through service. At its most powerful, service is an expression of selfless love, care, empathy, and concern for others. Although Mother Teresa encountered pain, sickness, and extreme poverty on a daily basis, she also taught that the path of service is the path of joy. Joy emerges from new experiences and new relationships that are built through service, from acknowledging the human dignity in all people, from feeling personally useful in the world, and from engaging in service as an act of love.
Story Source: City Year’s Website
In this world, there are so many dragons we as individuals chase after and at other times, we have demons chasing after us. It can be in form of a crisis. It can be health crisis, money crisis, business crisis, relationship crisis and so many more.
As you continue this week, remember that even in the midst of the challenges you might be facing, do not forget to dance. It does not matter if all is not working as you hope for. It can even be half-way through a goal, do not lose your joy and happiness. There is something about dancing, celebrating and rejoicing that produce an amount of joy that serves as a relieve even when things get tough.
I want to encourage and cheer you on to dance till you drop. I use to think I have to have EVERYTHING together before I could dance and celebrate but I started noticing that, after I cross a major milestone, I am too tired to celebrate. I just quickly move on to the next target or goal and it is not fun.
Instead of waiting till the end to dance or waiting till I have time, I decided to start celebrating while still making progress. It has had such a profound effect how I go about the things I do. I hope you will take some time out this week to dance and celebrate you! Celebrate how far you have come and remember it is all bout making progress, not about being perfect in everything.
Below is a video of some friends and I getting down on the street. In all of my life, I never imagine I would ever dance on the street and others can look at me dance because I used to be so self conscious but that day, I decided to just follow my body and dance it all out.
So I hope you will take some time to
Dance out the STRESS
Dance out the Pent-up feelings of Frustration
Dance out Hopelessness
Dance Out the Insecurity you feel
Dance out the sense of Failure
Embrace the feeling of Letting Go
Embrace the art of Celebrating your self and far you of come because the truth is, you still have a long way to go and I cannot wait to celebrate your awesomeness. One of my favorite quote goes like this : ‘I do not want to be part of a revolution/change in which I cannot dance.’- Anon. I hope you dance and live your life to the fullest.
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