We often don’t see that we are always in service of something, we are serving by being who we are, not only by doing what we do.
Clients, colleagues, and friends complain about being frustrated in their lives and work because they can’t be who they really are. Two questions I offer for them to play with are: What do people come to you for, and what do people thank you for?
Look and listen beyond the surface. They may come for information, to be shown how to do something, perhaps for directions. And, they are also coming to you because you are helpful, supportive, generous, willing to listen, and safe.
You are already being who you are here to be.
If they thank you, you can ask, “What are you thanking me for?” They will likely say, “For being a good listener, for being willing to help, for being open.”
Notice the ways you are already being shown and told your purpose. Try not to dismiss these ways of being as unimportant. They are the most important aspects of your journey, to be taken to heart and fully expressed.