Find a place where you can be quiet with your thoughts. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for about five minutes, perhaps repeating a word or phrase to separate yourself from the activities of the day. When you feel settled and relaxed, consider:
- In what ways are you of service—to your family, your community, your congregation, the larger world? Do you consider your service part of your faith? How so, or why not?
- In what ways are you tied to people in your community who are in need? Does your connection include asking others what they need?
- One of the gifts Joseph Tuckerman brought to his service to the poor of Boston was a willingness to listen to and learn from the people he served. In what situations do you feel you are an excellent listener? In what situations might you listen better?