A Key to Happiness

Are you feeding your Ego or Higher Self?

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
Albert Schweitzer

Recently I was on a flight from New York to Portland Oregon. This doesn’t happen too often, but the service was exceptionally good.  There was one flight attendant in particular whose attitude stood out from the rest.  His smile was genuine. What I mean is that I had a sense that he smiled because he wanted to, not because it was expected of him. Believe me I can tell the difference. 

What really impressed me was the manner in which he introduced himself to everyone as they were entering the first class cabin. “Hi, my name is Jeff and I will be serving you this morning. If there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to ask.”

Throughout the entire flight he went out of his way to make sure that everyone’s needs were taken care of.  At the end of the flight, he approached each row and said, “Thank you for flying with us today. It was a pleasure serving you.”

As everyone was deplaning, I approached Jeff and thanked him for the great service.  His eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. “You really love what you do, don’t you?” I said. His reply, “Mr. Rizzo I’ve been doing this for over a year now and I can honestly say that I couldn’t be happier. I love to travel, I love people and I love to serve.

He went on to tell me that before he was a flight attendant he was a Tax Attorney.  “The money was great.” He said, “But I was miserable.” Now I wake up every morning with a smile on my face. Now I honestly believe I’m fulfilling my purpose.

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Here’s my point dear reader.  Sometimes what we think we want in life isn’t what we really need to be truly happy and successful.  More often than not, what we want feeds the Ego.  When we fulfill our needs, we feed our Higher Self.  Which one are you feeding?

Please feel free to share your thoughts and insights. I welcome all comments.


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