Hello, wonderful readers!
Spring is nigh upon us. I can feel it. I heard some crazy robins yesterday. When I was in Anchorage, I listened to a squawking seagull. All that can mean is that the mosquitoes will be out next week. When we lived in Bethel, in the spring, the frogs would thaw out and start croaking up a crazy frog cacophony, each calling out to each other to find a mate. Then one day, they stop. They go completely quiet when the robins come back. When you’re a frog, you don’t want to advertise your location to a hungry robin! Spring is coming if it’s not here already.
As the editor, it falls to me to pick the monthly themes and this month is all about service. We do so much for each other. We live in such a blessed community. We love and care for each other. We have amazing, outstanding people here as neighbors and friends.
In this issue, I wanted to highlight the volunteers we have among us. Chances are you are a volunteer yourself. Service to others is a gift we give the people we help, but also, it’s a gift we give to ourselves. The secret ingredient in service is love.
Let me ask you a question. When you love someone, who gets to feel the love?
It’s you. You get to feel that wonderful mix of loving feelings. You think loving thoughts, and loving thoughts create loving feelings. Loving feelings drive loving action. Now, I’m not trying to tell you that basking in the love someone is showering on you doesn’t feel good. It feels wonderful. We are feeling love because we are thinking loving thoughts about the person loving us. That’s a lot of love.
Service is all about love. It’s also about doing the right thing. It’s about helping others even when it’s not easy or convenient. The act of service is loving sacrifice that comes from the best part of who we are as humans.
So, hats off to the service organizations and volunteers that make our community a better place!