“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job, it’s a depression when you lose yours” is one of Harry Truman’s phrases of the 50’s that’s become popular during the past three years when, as today, adversity is challenging our levels of tolerance towards changes.
National statistics during the past months have revealed an increase in the number of employed persons, but unemployement, foreclosures and personal bankruptcy are still aplenty in the majority of the US.
There’s an immense majority of persons that have been more than one or two years unemployed and have, like many others, spent all of Obama’s famous aid, and state aid. Sitting for hours in front of a computer searching for a job, in ones own professional field or something related to, is nowadays a daily routine.
At the same time that all this is happening, the phenomena that began in Egypt at the beginning of this year has spread and has transformed into various similar manifestations in cities like: Italy, Chile, Syria, Lybia, Spain, Portugal and most recently in Wall Street, New York City.
In these manifestations we encounter similar elements: unemployed persons, a collective feeling of indignation caused by the lack of creativity in their leaders, greedy multinationals, and lets not forget that they are tired of working for the sake of working and/or of not actually having a job.
On the other hand, recession has been a blessing to others, since they have found thru serving others a means of channeling their energy, frustrations, and at the same time they have been able to discover their passion in life thru this voluntary work. In a nutshell, they’ve brought from their unconsciousness to their consciousness who they really are.
The phenomenon of serving others has had a positive multiplying effect in society, where we have seen how parents who never before had a chance to spend time with their children, are today protagonists in their lives.
Serving others is more than doing physical work. It’s simply planting a seed of hope in those who are in a worse situation than you, shocking someone without trying to, giving a helping hand to a brother in need, remembering that we are spirits living a human experience. It’s simply letting go of oneself in order to stand in someone else’s shoes.
Serving others is nothing more than a collective awakening, from which the Mayas talk about in their writings. It’s giving the best of you without being paid for it, it’s waking up in the morning and feeling grateful for what you have, without caring if one is unemployed or not.
Serving others is nothing more than a feeling that comes from the soul. It manifests itself by our actions and the reward is simply one, the satisfaction that one made a difference in someone.