Losing Yourself in the Service of Others

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It’s Monday! This week is super exciting for Ujima Bazaar! We’re at 20% of the fundraising goal and just moving into the second week. But the fun has JUST begun!

Rachael Kay Albers, our special Ujima friend who is in Kenya as we speak, is going to be AT THE ORPHANAGE very, very soon and I just can’t wait to hear and see all the updates! The itty bitty smiling faces, the sparkling and eager eyes, and the fun that will be had by all during her workshops with the children – YEEEE! I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

This whole experience has been truly eye-opening for me in a lot of ways.

I’ve learned a lot in the process of putting on this fundraiser for Good Samaritan Children’s Home. I’ve learned about the beautiful generosity found in others. I’ve learned about what speaks to and sparks the hearts of people looking to give back and do good. I’ve learned about the people have to find creative ways to give back when cold hard cash just isn’t an option.

But the most valuable thing I’ve learned so far is something I discovered about myself.

I’ve learned that serving others, whether that takes shape in the form of fundraising for this orphanage or supporting a colleague or friend, is something that lights me on fire. It’s not just something I enjoy. Or something I’m naturally drawn to. It connects all the dots in my life to create a crystal clear outline of what it is I was put on this earth to do.

Ghandi’s quote sings truth and accuracy for me. By losing myself in this project, in helping those closest to me, in supporting those around me, and in finding new ways to pay back all the blessings I’ve been lucky enough to experience in this life… I learn more and more about who I am and what drives me to do what I do daily. And that clarity gives me a rush, a high, a spark of motivation to keep doing what I do best – even when it feels like what I’m doing isn’t enough.

What have you learned about yourself while lost in serving others?

 

P.S. If you haven’t yet checked out the goodies in Ujima Bazaar, hurry up and head over before they’re snagged up! www.UjimaBazaar.com is selling products and services for entrepreneurs, creatives, health and wellness junkies, and more for 50% – and every dollar spent goes to support Good Samaritan Children’s Home who is housing over 250 orphans in Nairobi. Get a great deal. Support a great cause. It’s kind of got win-win written all over it.

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