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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The ‘Serve’ in Service

As the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. is fast approaching, we often look at these holidays as another long weekend for a ski trip or whatever else suits the day-off fancy. But if you listen to some of King’s powerful words, it’s a wake-up call for anyone in the service industry.

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 

We all serve people throughout our day. Most of us may have to jog the memory bank of when we last received extraordinary service. Which leads me to this phenomena ‘The Fred Factor’ made popular by Mark Sanborn, the man that wrote the book.

Fred isn’t some made-up character; he’s a real man. He takes the word ‘service’ to this higher level that Martin Luther King Jr. talks about in his words above. 

Here's hoping you take a few minutes from your Thursday to view The ‘Fred Factor Movement’.
It’s rated ‘G’ and animated so it’s great for everyone to watch. It sure beats that news loop we have little to no control over yet we keep that channel programmed, hoping something changes soon. Segue into - that change is you! 

Remember as this day of service fast approaches, it’s an opportunity to put the ‘serve’ in service. Take the challenge. ‘Walk the walk, not just talk the talk.’

Image of yesterday’s fresh snow lingering on the trees in this morning’s sunshine by Ann Bilowz  

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