Daily Inspiration 11-14-12 Spread Some Joy Today > Uncategorized > Daily Inspiration 11-14-12 Posted on November 14, 2012May 10, 2020 by Terry Minion “If you want to feel valuable,add value to others.” — John C Maxwell In The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C Maxwell, law number three is the Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself. It’s all about self-esteem, believing in ourselves, loving ourselves, and many of us have a problem with that. I know I used to. I love this law and the way John deals with it, and I especially honed in on the quote above. John asked immediately following the quote above, “How much time every day and every week do you spend focusing on others and adding value to them? Do you service others through a volunteer organization? Do you mentor people? Do you give assistance to others less fortunate than yourself?” All good questions, yet I find that they might give the wrong impression. Counting the time each week sounds like a huge commitment to a long-term project that may very well become an expected, repeating endeavor that can be taxing and burdensome. Of course, it is always nice to serve others through a volunteer organization. Again, some may consider these troublesome. And, we probably all give assistance to others less fortunate than ourselves, though probably not as often as we should. And that word should is the rub. This way of giving to others, helping others, volunteering for others creates more problems than it solves. I get it. He says to serve others, to create value for others and to others in order that we may be more, and he even says we should do more and even give a tenth of our time and energy to serving others. What a burden it can all be. . . Though I don’t care for the way he spells this out at the end of this chapter, I do agree that by adding value to others, that we have to add value to ourselves. This can be done in so many ways and there are no right ways and wrong ways. But, here’s the real key: it has to come from the heart. It cannot be something we should do or something we do expecting a return. It has to be freely given with zero expectation of any result period, except that we think it could be of service to another. I attend business networking events and I love to help others in any way that I can that is “on my path.” That might be knowing more about their business so I can send them some prospects. It might be encouragement to write a book, or play an instrument or enjoy their day with joy. It also may be more profound than this, but in any case, it comes from the heart and without any attachments whatsoever. It is not a trade. The feeling that I get from doing it is sufficient for me. I feel that I am lining up with the best of myself in doing such. You don’t have to go very far “off your track,” or away from your strengths, or what you enjoy and love in order to be of service and add value to others. It isn’t an amount, or even a how-to, it is just a simple and beneficial way of sharing love. What Could Be Better Than That? It’s The Best! Spread Some Joy Today–Love, love, love. . . Love, love, love. . . it’s easy! All you need is love, do-to-do-ta-do. . .