I had a blast last weekend at Festigals. One of the many high points was hearing Mary Von Kurnatowski talk about the work of the Tipitina’s Foundation and receiving the gift of Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino.
Later at lunch, a group of us were discussing serving others at many different levels. Mary Von K has had the awesome opportunity to affect the world on a large scale by providing instruments to kids and supporting musicians. A person at the table said that she knew that serving could also be as simple as giving those she encountered a kind smile. Someone else shared the story of sending a note to the boss of employees who always took care of her. In turn, the boss bought the employees lunch.
This conversation reminded me of a Katrina lesson. An amazing thing about natural disasters is that they bring out a deep-rooted need to serve in most people not directly affected by the event. The Katrina lesson is this: so much need exists in the world that there is a perfect fit for how you can give. After the storm, my husband and I volunteered at the Parker Coliseum on the LSU campus where more than 1300 pets were being sheltered. Taking care of these family members that had to be left behind was a great experience.
And in the same way, on a daily basis, an opportunity (need) is out there for you to act on, using your gifts to make the world a better place. Some big, some small, but all important.
What’s your favorite way to serve?