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Kimberle Badinelli
Associate Director of Administration for Communications and Marketing
Division of Student Affairs, Virginia Tech

What does “service” mean to you?  This is a question that I not only ask my students but am often asked myself.  The most meaningful response I’ve ever embraced is to be selfless.  I’ve called it “kindness” for many years but believe that an even more mature viewpoint is the call to action to be selfless thus providing that everything one does has a primary meaning of “others first”.

One might disagree (and potentially rightly so) that in order to serve others, one must serve oneself.  I would argue, however that the service of one’s self is the automatic consequence of one who serves others first.  In that belief, the burden of wondering what’s in it for me is lifted by the assumption that one who serves others serves all – including themselves.

“So, what does that mean?” you might add.

How do I forget about me and concentrate on others? 

Is it wrong to assume that I need to be important too?

At least to me? 

These are great questions.  My favorite, is the “how do I forget about me?....”  Well you don’t, exactly.  You practice remembering others.  When you think – I’d really like to be the leader of this group, you train yourself to add – “are there others who would as well?”  or “Are there others equally or more qualified?” or “Would a team of myself and others serve the objective the best?”  I would caution that this does take practice – just like anything worthy of being pursued.  To me, in answering the second question, the others go away.

In our world where Ut Prosim isn’t a way of life for all, it’s even more important that those of us who embrace it do so with gusto.  While bringing all our friends along is a lofty goal, what really matters at the end of the day is - did you achieve yours?  Perhaps by being a respected example, we are also subtle motivators to others.  When living a life of Ut Prosim, service no longer feels like work – it feels like enlightenment.

I invite anyone to join me in a quest to serve.  The rewards are many, the frustrations few and the consequences fulfilling.

Kimberle Badinelli
Associate Director of Administration for Communications and Marketing
Division of Student Affairs, Virginia Tech

 


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