One of the best quotes I ever heard by Oprah, is be of service and to be excellent at it, then success is by default.
My father loved the word “excellent” he never was satisfied with “very good”, even worse “good”, not to even speak of anything less. He was a man full of confidence in his daughter. He never saw me as anything less than a Queen, a Goddess and he treated me as such ( no he wasn’t close to perfect, he had a negative side to that too same as everyone ).. However, I wouldn’t trade any lesson he taught me directly or indirectly for any other thing in this world.. Excellence seemed like a perfect score” he called me excellence” he would check on the remarks the teacher gave before he checked on the position or percentage level.. I always wondered why..
Recently, I’ve been re-evaluating myself in all my growth areas and I have realized that I didn’t accept that I was excellent not until now ! ( Damn!! that hurt me deeply) and this was a remarkable discovery I woke up to one beautiful morning.. I realized I was born excellent, I grew up in excellence by excellent parents . As a matter of fact I am magnificent! I am excellence!! wow .. what a relief .. Next came the question, how does my excellence be of service ?
In my last post I wrote about “The temple”, https://barisity.com/2020/06/23/the-temple/ ( the true meaning behind the temple), you know, sometimes we as a people need a gentle reminder that we are uniquely different. What do you do in a temple? You serve isn’t it? You were taught to be of service.. How?? By cleaning, directing, organizing, singing etc.. Now that you know what a temple really really is, how do you serve ? It’s quite simple !! You serve, by being your best self and doing it all over and over and over again every single day . That’s how you become excellent!! Excellence is a skill birth from commitment..
When you master yourself, you become aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Being of service simply means putting them to good use at every given moment. If there is one skill you should learn in life, how to master yourself” is just that. You have to learn to serve yourself ! Learn to listen to yourself, learn to observe yourself, learn to acknowledge yourself , learn to tolerate yourself , learn to communicate with yourself .. before you can ever truly be of service to anyone or any group of people you have to be of service to your own damn self!!
The call you are waiting on, the romance you are expecting, the career you hope for, the dream vacation you’re planning on are all experiences that you believe would make you happier. Now imagine, if you can organize, clean and prioritize your emotions and thoughts to focus on these things ( which are all in your temple of course ), what do you think you’re doing? You are simply serving yourself to fulfill your wishes and make you happier !! So it is in businesses, to really be excellent in a business, one has to KNOW THE TEMPLE and the people who patronize that temple ..
Dedication is major key here, anything worth doing is worth doing well they say.. How about, you do yourself well enough and see how everything around you becomes an extended version of you ?!
Be of true service .. by mastering yourself and become excellent at YOURSELF through hard work ( which is real hard work, because you learn on the job).Most people think mastery is a destination, a junction. No it isn’t.. You learn everyday, in every experience and you have to be open minded to be one who learns everyday ( that’s the hard part I believe ).
To serve God is to know yourself and when you do, you become THE TRUTH and of course “the truth shall set you free”.
To lead is to serve and to serve, is to be of service.
Know your temple and be of service!
Till the next read.