A Life Lived in the Service of Others

Enjoy a reprise of this coaching from Marlene Clark

We serve each other, our customers, and ourselves when we serve the community. Demonstrate making a difference.

Being of service to others includes all aspects and all areas of our lives. It is not just something we do to “check the box” on being a good person. If we’re paying attention, there is an opportunity for service to become a part of who we are each and every day. When we started Momentum Consulting, we were young, hungry and eager to learn and grow and make a difference.

When my husband (and business partner) asked me to marry him 35 years ago (November, 1985), he made me a whole slew of unreasonable promises. I’m pretty sure he started with only a few in mind. However, I was so dumbfounded by the fact he was proposing to me that I didn’t say anything. This, in turn, spurned him on and he just kept promising.

The one moment that finally did it… the one that stopped me in my tracks and had me actually consider the possibility of making a life-long commitment to this guy was this:

I promise you our lives will always be about something bigger than ourselves.

Craig and Marlene Clark, circa 1990 and 2020

That did it. I was screwed. I knew I would say yes! And I did. Why is that? Well, I have a strong suspicion that within each and every one of us dwells a profound desire to contribute beyond ourselves, to serve others and to know that our lives makes some sort of difference.

In a world full of survival strategies and endless competition, we can lose sight of not only what is important, but also of what actually works. And what works is having our daily lives be about more than our tasks and to do lists.

We can be reminded that we get to say “yes!” to serving others, including those in our work environments, our clients, our families, friends and our communities.

Serving others is a gift that goes 360 degrees; ultimately, it is a gift we give ourselves.

May 2021 actually be our best year yet;

Fundamental #8: SERVICE IS 360  We serve each other, our customers, and ourselves when we serve the community.  Demonstrate making a difference.

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