The Purpose Of Life Is To Serve Others

The Purpose Of Life Is To Serve Others

The term, a "servant's heart," is not one to be taken lightly.

Finding meaning and purpose in life, falls under a stage of life that may undergo realization throughout many different time periods. It may seem as if the purpose of life is to broaden your horizons, take every chance that is given.

As for me, I have recently come to the realization of my purpose for life. Personally, I strongly believe that my purpose for life is to serve others.

From a young age, my mother always told me about the many times were she asked for my help around the house, and as expected, I was always willing to help with open arms. I thoroughly enjoyed helping others in elementary school – whether it be with homework, looking for a lost pencil, or answering their questions about the book we were reading.

Helping others gave me a sense of accomplishment. Knowing that I could put a smile on someone else’s face, was – and still is, the best feeling of achievement.

At the age of seventeen years old, I volunteered at a summer camp in my hometown, entitled Winshape Camp for Communities. This summer camp is sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, and travels through numerous cities throughout the United States each week – bringing all materials, setting up the camp site, and implementing the word of God to nearly five hundred children, each week of the summer.

As a veteran camp attendee, I was excited to volunteer my time to serve the Winshape Camp Staff and my community. During the week, I fell in love with Winshape Camp, and the Chick-Fil-A Company – catching on to their contagious willingness to serve others – no matter what the action may be.

Following the week of camp, I applied and was hired at the local Chick-Fil-A Restaurant in Gaffney, South Carolina. With the only previous work experience I had being a dance instructor, I was anxious about the job, that seemed as if it was all about serving chicken.

Quickly after learning how to properly talk to guests, refresh beverage orders, and restock the sauces, I began to realize that the Chick-Fil-A Company was much more than just a fast food restaurant. It was saying “my pleasure” after every thank you, going above and beyond guest expectations, and delivering a quality service to the customers to ensure that they would return to our restaurant very soon.

The Chick-Fil-A company prides themselves on the quality service that is given to each and every customer that walks through their doors – and I can say, as a firsthand witness, their mission is fulfilled to the fullest extent – day in, and day out. I am incredibly thankful for my time at Chick-Fil-A because it gave me the best insight on how simple it is to serve others.

As a future educator, I look forward to serving the children, parents, and families of the community that I will be serving. It is important to let children know, that they are the future generation of our world. IF, we as teachers do not serve them to the best of our abilities, then we are doing a disservice to the future of our country.

While attending the College of Charleston, I knew I wanted to become a teacher however, I quickly discovered that I had an interest in the Hospitality and Tourism Management field. Again the mission of this largely growing market – to serve others. I cannot wait to continue learning about numerous countries and their missions to serve their guests.

One may not believe that the purpose of life is to serve others – and that is, OKAY. Our world is made up of millions of people that all contribute different aspects to our society. Some people may enjoy being served by other’s, while many enjoy serving those in any and every way possible. The commonly known term “servant’s heart” is not an idea to take lightly.

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'Mom, I Am A Rich Man'

Cher owned it, and you can, too.

Most likely if you’re on any social media platform, you’ve seen the iconic video of Cher in an interview with Jane Pauley telling the story of her mother telling Cher that one day she should settle down and marry a rich man, to which Cher replies, “Mom, I am a rich man.”

*Disclaimer: Don’t worry boys, this article will still pertain to you, too.

In the days of “Mad Men” and Andy Griffith, the family unit was very much structured and known: a mother, who made the home and raised several kids, and a father, who earned the money for the household. There was never any confusion as to how one was to live one’s life, because every individual knew that this was the structure to follow. Be born. Make friends. Play. Grow up. Go to school. Meet someone. Possibly attend college. Marry. Have multiple children. Follow gender-assigned role. Repeat for next generation.

Then one day, the world began to change.

Women began attending college for more than an MRS degree. Divorce rates began to increase. Individuals began staying single for longer. Couples began having fewer kids and also having kids later in life. Homosexuals and other members of the LGBTQ community started coming out and sharing their voices. Schools were finally being desegregated. Technology was beginning its exponential growth, and the world woke up.

Cher’s mother was raised to believe these were the next steps Cher should take in life, just as probably similarly your parents have made comments to you that you do not believe line up with your generation’s viewpoint in today’s society. You’ve probably come to already realize that this is a generational gap between you and your parents; however, this is not the topic I want to focus on today. I want to talk about the concept of the individual unit.

Earlier on, I spoke about the '60s family unit. Back then, that was the unit. Even while there were several different roles within a family unit, every family made decisions and moved together. Today, we move into the individual unit. We have gone from making decisions on how we think they would impact the family onto how they will impact the individual. Often, people think negatively on this way of decision making, because isn’t it selfish to makes decision based off oneself?

The answer is… no.

Now before I get some serious hate for that statement, let me back it up. For all my business majors out there (yes, I am one myself), you’ve likely taken or will likely have to take an economics course. One of the basic goals of economics is maximizing profit, which is sometimes depicted as not focusing on how large your slice of the pie is but determining how to make the pie as large as possible. Let’s take this back to the family and individual units.

When decisions were made based on how they would affect the family unit, sometimes the decisions of one individual would hold back the others within the family from “maximizing their profit” or maximizing their potential. Perhaps this was staying home to raise the kids rather than following a career path that interested the parent. This may have been staying in an unhappy marriage to follow society’s standards rather than leaving the marriage and benefiting one’s family more by being happy alone. Although at first glance, these sacrifices may have seemed heroic and for the best for the family unit, looking back the alternatives may have actually put the individuals of the family in a happier place which would have reflected in the long run positively on the rest of the family.

Maximizing your potential is maximizing your happiness, and vice versa. We often think that to be successful and have an abundance of money must make us an evil person to be so selfish. We think that the phrase “money doesn’t buy happiness” means that money equals success and therefore if we’re successful we’re not actually happy even if we think we are. That idea is often what holds so many back from their greatest potential.

To be successful doesn’t mean that one can’t look back and help the people from their past and their family up the ladder once they’ve reached the top. To be successful doesn’t mean that one can never marry or multiply their happiness in others surrounding them, friends, family, spouse, children and all. To be successful means that one takes a step back, looks around, and asks, “Am I the happiest I can be at this present moment? And if not, what can I do to take myself there?”

It’s with those answers that we maximize our potential and growth. It is in our growth that we find gratitude for our efforts. It is in our gratitude that we find happiness in all that we have become.


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Poetry On Odyssey: Conflicted

Resolving conflict and letting love back in.


As life moves quickly,

It is to no surprise

That we are constantly faced with change.

With change

Comes peace.

With change

Comes suffering.

With change

Comes conflict.

I stroll through the days of old,

Recognizing how conflicted I was

When I chose to let the love go.

Each night I tossed,

Each night I turned,

Feeling unsure of my decisions,

Unsteady every time I dragged my legs from the bed

And forced myself to keep moving.


I walk happily through the days of new,

Giving thanks for my peace of mind

And my allowance to let a new love in.

I no longer toss,

I no longer turn.

I feel a sense of security

And a sense of pride in my decisions.

I walk steadily,

As I no longer have to force myself to keep moving.

I am no longer conflicted.

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