Love & Joy

The amazing individuals I served with last year
Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service. 
I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy. 
-Mother Teresa

G’day. I start this new endeavor of mine as I finally end my reflection of these past two years of service as a City Year corps member. Both years, in the cities of Seattle & Los Angeles, truly showed me the power of service in lives around me, as well as my own. And this past year, serving with an amazing team of 11 dedicated and diverse individuals in South LA, truly showed me how service can bring people together.

 As that journey has come to an end, I am now on the cusp of beginning a new chapter, of which I know service will play a huge role in. With this blog, I hope to capture the service I invest my time & energy in and spread the joy that serving those around you can bring, whether small or big.

But, in the wake of increasingly negative news, and a rise in hostility across our globe, I also wish to eventually use this space to highlight the work that people in the community are doing as well.

It would be a way to show that there are plenty around us who are working to do good in our world. That compassion, joy & love truly do exist and they can be found if you really look for it.

I may be a long way from that goal but, in the meantime, I will work to spread the joy I feel through the service I embark on from this point on. My only hope is that it will inspire you to serve in your community, even if it is showing compassion and helping out a family member or friend in a small way.

“Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion – towards ourselves and towards all living beings.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh