Be in the Service of Humanity is part of the Field Guide to Service.


Something we touched on earlier is that service is not something we do alone. It involves working with others in ways that are thoughtful and purposeful. Because the nature of this work is one where we are giving of ourselves to others, it is easy to forget that we are also gaining something in doing this work. When we are in service to others we are learning new things, we are supported in a myriad of ways and we are welcomed into community. For all those reasons and many more we should willingly and joyfully express our gratitude.


Taking time to show our appreciation to others and what they have done is a way to ensure those we work with feel valued which in turn helps to nurture our relationships with others. There are so many ways to express your gratitude to those who have helped you along the way—the possibilities truly are endless. The most important thing is that you are genuine in your expression of thanks.

Helpful Tip

Often one of the easiest and most powerful ways to say thank you is with a good old-fashioned handwritten note. To get the sentiment right, think before you put pen to paper. Keep it simple. Keep it personal and consider providing an example of why you are so thankful.


  • Who are the people you want to thank for their role in the work you have done/your experience?
  • What did each of these people do that you are thankful for? Be as specific as possible.
  • How did you feel when those you wish to thank did what they did? What impact did their actions have?

Using your answers from above, draft a thank you note for someone you plan to share gratitude with.