Here’s what comes to mind when I think of these terms: hierarchy, and community.
To serve, or being of service, always always always involves one higher and one lower…even if the one serving has more advantages than the one being served; for example, politicians and the government. How well has that worked, by the way?
In the old paradigm (including the new (c)age movement), it’s all about service (service to the g.o.d. program, service to others, service to self). Follow the energy flow here…where is it going?
What really, really grates, like fingernails on a chalkboard, is the shift in the business realm from serve to service/d. How did that happen? And why?
To serve, in the English language, is a transaction between animate objects. A waiter, changed to server some time ago (interesting, no?) as a work around to delete the word waitress (the feminine) and thereby gender neutral the position (whew! run on sentence acknowledged), serves me. Not services me.
To service is a transaction between animate and inanimate objects. My mechanic services my car.
The only exception I’ve ever heard to this rule is in the realm of prostitution where a prostitute services the john. Lacking passion, it is, I suppose, a form of mechanical transaction, implying and invoking a soullessness.
So, who does this shift in word choice serve? or service?
Are we more accurately servicing the g.o.d. program, rather than serving it? And, what does that make us?
Conversely, contribute and contribution feel to me like a joining in. Just in showing up, we contribute. Our individual energy is so underestimated in its power to influence.
What, then are we bringing with us? Clouds or sunshine? Is this why we tend to hibernate when feeling low? I know I don’t want to inflict my clouds on anyone. I don’t want to share my blues.
Contribution feels like the gifts I, and others, bring to the table; to the conversation. In giving, we receive. It’s that circular dynamic.
How do those feel to you?
If each were a swimming pool, which would you rather dive into?
Or, if you were having a party, which would be more fun to invite in?
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