Dedicate one’s actions

Meaning is defined by context, which determines motive. It is the motive that establishes spiritual value.  To dedicate one’s actions as a service of love to life is to sanctify them and transform them from self-seeking motives to unselfish gifts.  We define excellence as dedication to the highest standards.  Every act can then be held as an opportunity to glorify God by sheer purity of endeavor.  All physical tasks and labor can be ingredients in one’s contribution to the world.  Even the smallest task can be seen as serving the common good, and if viewed in that light, work becomes ennobled.

How life is contextualized can bring either joy or resentment.  Begrudging is replaced by generosity.  If others benefit from one’s efforts, so much the better.  Everyone has the opportunity to contribute to harmony and beauty by kindness to others and thereby support the human spirit.  That which is freely given to life flows back to us because we are equally part of that life.  Like ripples on the water, every gift returns to the giver.  What we affirm in others, we actually affirm in ourselves.

from The Eye of the I, ch. 5, pg. 106-107