Sunday, January 15, 2012

Service heals others, and yourself!

I was talking to a dear friend today who is struggling. I was trying to give her suggestions on how to help herself heal. My suggestion was service. It is true, if you are sad or depressed, you can help it by losing yourself in the service of others. Usually by doing this, your perspective changes too, that helps life seem better.
Yes service, you can’t do it, without helping yourself too!
I loved this poem about service. Enjoy and Good Night dear friends!
 
'Splendid Grace' by Bianca Van Der Werf
Bird With A Broken Wing

Tracey Brown

One day while walking through the woods
I saw my father looking around
I impatiently asked why we couldn’t go home
‘Cause Mama promised to take me to town.
As he put his finger to his lips
He motioned for me to be still
There’s a bird with a broken wing out there
And if we don’t help it no one will.
No longer can it not soar the skies
But it can no longer sing
And God’s earth would lose some of the beauty
That only this one bird can bring.
He then reached down so gently
And raised the bird to his chest
“Now we’ll take him home
And give him a much needed rest.”
We fed and water this little bird
And watched it grow stronger each day
Until the time finally came
When we proudly watched it fly away.
I fondly remembered that day
When I’d ask Mama where Dad had gone
“One of God’s birds out there with a broken wing”
Dad’s gone to help it restore it’s song.
I knew exactly what she meant
It wasn’t always the feathered kind
For Dad was always helping others
In any way he could find.
Now I’m getting close to the end of my journey
I’ve tried to always follow his lead
Because I promised before he died
I’d always help those in need.
There are times I ask my Heavenly Father
Why am I here, still?
“One of My bird’s out there with a broken wing
And if you don’t help it no one will.”
Tracey Brown

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."     ~ Plato  

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”     ~James Matthew Barrie

“In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.”     ~Karl Reiland

“He who notes the sparrow’s fall will not be unmindful of such service.”     ~ Thomas S. Monson