What wakes you up to joy?

Lighting candles in memory and gratitude

Thank you for those of you who joined in and spread the word about yesterday's Awakin Call. I really enjoyed my conversation with Cynthia Li and Kozo Hattori (the video/audio is already available if you missed it). I am so touched by all who RSVP’d for the call! Thank you!

On a global level, we are all in this special time together. We are united in an unprecedented way. I feel immense gratitude for you all and the volunteers of the ServiceSpace

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” —Rabindranath Tagore 

This was the quote I reflected on when I awoke this morning and continued the thoughts on my morning walk. 

I am grateful for so many who have shown me what it means to live life as service, to serve with what you have each day and with each action. 

Growing up in a small apartment as a middle class Indian household with two working parents, two younger brothers, and often grandparents visiting and house helpers, I experienced nothing but contentment and joy! To make that happen had to have been through immense sacrifice, efforts and intentionality on behalf of my parents.

Leaving the comfort of family when I was 21, I have still been surrounded by “family” through my globe trotting. And yes, they are family, because “family is more than blood”—wise words spoken by my daughter! I can call them neighbors, friends relatives, mentors, physicians, nurses, students, residents, colleagues, and so on. However, their love, care and actions are nothing less than selfless service towards all. 

They give without asking, they know when to speak, when to listen when to offer space. They give willingly, often at risk to themselves. 

On this weekend I offer prayers and gratitude to all those who have served and who continue to serve. 

Remember, to serve others starts with serving ourselves WHILE ALSO serving others. (Please share the Oath to Self-Care and Well-Beinghttps://bit.ly/mpO2SCwb

Thank you for making me a better person, thank you for giving so much to so many. Let’s light a candle in their honor! 

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” —Rabindranath Tagore 

#REFLECT: How does service bring you joy? What wakes you up and brings you joy?


How is the coronavirus changing the way you think of self-care, community and resilience? As this challenging time unfolds, I am frequently posting a quote on this blog with a reflection prompt. Please join in the conversation here or on Twitter with your thoughts or about what you are doing for self-care and care of others. My book explores such ideas too: Resilient Threads: Weaving Joy and Meaning into Well-Being.