not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile
one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts.
These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success.
motive, if you are to find inner peace, must be an outgoing motive. Service, of course--service. Giving, not getting. Your motive
good if your work is to have good effect. The secret of life is
being of service. -Peace Pilgrim
try to serve others. Don't even call it helping, call it service
because you are benefited by that. If someone begs from you
and you give them something, you shouldn't think you are
helping them. Instead, he or she is helping you.
of the great underlying principles governing our life is service.
Most of us have to work, but do we serve? Do we work
in a spirit of service? Do we work for Life and our fellows?
Or do we merely work for self, in order to make a living?
|Often we can help each other most by leaving
each other alone; at other times we need the
hand-grasp and the word of cheer.
of all service lies in the spirit in which you
serve and not in the importance or magnitude of the service.
Even the lowliest task or deed is made holy, joyous,
and prosperous when it is filled with love.
If you're wondering when you should give to or serve
I believe in doing it spontaneously, perhaps in a shared moment of
emotion. Or any time you feel like someone needs your support.
Whether you do it all the time, occasionally, or when the opportunity
arises, just do it. Reach out and give of yourself and your time.
I have seen, time and again, that happiness and enjoyment arise from
being of service in simple ways.
|The rare individuals who unselfishly try to serve others
have an enormous advantage--they have little competition.
|There are those who in the name of God teach that
deny yourself and seek only to serve others.
Godís plan is more
beautiful than that.
You were created to express the will of God.
This means that your highest dreams and aspirations are of God.
By seeking these through the ways of the Lord you automatically
that which is best for all others.
May no one who ever meets me
Have a meeting of little consequence.
May the simple fact of our meeting
Assist in the fulfillment of their wishes.
May I be a lamp
In the darkness of life,
A home for the homeless,
And a servant to the world.
Ancient Buddhist Blessing
|The only ones
among you who will be truly happy are those who
will have sought and found how to serve.
|It is one of
the most beautiful compensations of this life
that no person can sincerely try to help another without
helping him or herself. Serve and you shall be served.
If you love and serve people, you cannot, by any hiding
or stratagem, escape the remuneration.
|At the heart of silence is prayer.
At the heart of prayer is faith.
At the heart of faith is life.
At the heart of life is service.
|The highest service we can perform for others
help them help themselves. -Horace Mann
be great. . . because anybody can serve.
You don't have to have a
college degree to serve. . . .
You only need a heart full of grace.
A soul generated by love. -Martin Luther
|Doing nothing for others
is the undoing of
self. We must be
kind and generous, or we miss the
best part of existence.
The heart that goes out of itself,
gets large and
joy. This is the
life. We do
the most good
something for others. -Horace Mann
|As a young doctor, I thought that serving life was a thing
of drama and action
and split-second judgment calls. A question of going sleepless and
ambulances and outwitting the angel of death. A role open only to
have prepared themselves for years. Service was larger than ordinary
and those who served were larger than life also. But I know now that
only the least part of the nature of service. That service is small
and quiet and
everywhere. That far more often we serve by who we are and not what
know. And everyone serves whether they know it or not.
We bless the life around us far more than we realize.
Many simple, ordinary
things that we do can affect those around us in profound ways: the
phone call, the brief touch, the willingness to listen generously, the
or wink of recognition. All it may take to restore someone's trust
in life may be
returning a lost earring or a dropped glove.
|It is high time the ideal of success should be
replaced with the ideal of service. -Albert Einstein
We weaken the value of our gifts of service by
adding to them
love of praise of others, honor, or material profit.
Our goal is
the love of God, without any other consideration
this unseen service help the individual being served
one serving, but it also helps people who know
Seeing this act of unselfish giving, they are
little acts of kindness themselves. They
that the real
motive behind the service runs far deeper than the
and are thus inspired in their own faith.
Great opportunities to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us daily.
One of the things I keep learning is that the
secret of being happy is doing things for other people.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
sweetest lives are those to duty wed,
Whose deeds, both great and small,
Are close-knit strands of unbroken thread
Where love ennobles all.
The world may sound no trumpets, ring no bells;
The book of life the shining record tells.
love shall chant its own beatitudes
After its own life working. A child's kiss
Set on thy sighing lips shall make thee glad;
A sick man helped by thee shall make thee strong;
Thou shalt be served thyself by every sense
Of service which thous renderest.
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The more you care
about others, the more confidently you act. There is nothing
you cannot do, no defeat you cannot survive, no fear you cannot
overcome, when you are concentrated heart and soul in helping
others. -Robert O'Brien
Service rendered as a gift or
love-offering to Life: work that is engaged in, not for self
or for profit, but as an act of love and service, these bring the
doer a harvest of blessings. . . . When we serve and when we give,
we open ourselves to receive life's richest blessings, its
greatest prizes, and its most enduring
lessons. -Henry T. Hamblin
Whatever you have received
more than others--in health, in talents, in ability, in success,
in a pleasant childhood, in harmonious conditions of home
life--all this you must not take to yourself as a matter of
course. In gratitude for your good fortune, you must
remember in return some sacrifice of your own life for another
Life is a place of
service and in that service one has to suffer a great deal that is
hard to bear, but more often to experience a great deal of joy.
But that joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a
service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and
their personal happiness. -Lev Tolstoy
There is a big
difference between service and working for the sake of getting
something. When you serve, you are not tied to the outcome.
You are not invested in what people do as a result of what you do,
or what people think about what you are doing. You give what
you have because it makes you feel good. You give
what you have because you know that the unique way in which you do
what you do will make someone else feel good. In situations
when your service is not rewarded by monetary or public
recognition, you are not depleted or defeated. You are
encouraged to take your service to a higher level. You are
inspired to pour more love into your work.
Giving kids clothes
and food is one thing, but it's much more important to teach them
that other people besides themselves are important and that the
best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the
service of other people. -Dolores Huerta
be great. . . because anybody can serve. You don't have to
have a college degree to serve. . . . You only need a heart full
of grace. A soul generated by love.
Luther King, Jr.
When you make a
choice to be of service to others, you gain the courage and sense
of determination that will fuel your efforts. With a solid
vision in place, you also become less concerned with your
individual fear or self-doubt and more committed to taking the
actions that will support your larger
Richardson, Stand up for Your Life
Small service is true service
while it lasts. . .
The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,
Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun.
The practice of
loving kindness must find its root deep within us. The story
is told that Mohandas Gandhi once settled in a village and at once
began serving the needs of the villagers who lived there. A
friend inquired if Gandhi's objectives in serving the poor were
purely humanitarian. Gandhi replied, "Not at all.
I am here to serve no one else but myself, to find my own
self-realization through the service of these village folk."
As Gandhi wisely points out, even as we serve others
we are working on ourselves; every act, every word, every gesture
of genuine compassion naturally nourishes our own hearts as well.
It is not a question of who is healed first. When we attend
to ourselves with compassion and mercy, more healing is made
available for others. And when we serve others with an open
and generous heart, great healing comes to us.
ask me to give you a motto. Here it is: SERVICE. Let
this word accompany each of you throughout your life. Let it be
before you as you seek your way and your duty in the world.
May it be recalled to your minds if ever you are tempted to forget
it or set it aside. It will not always be a comfortable
companion but it will always be a faithful one. And it will
be able to lead you to happiness, no matter what the experiences
of your lives are. Never have this word on your lips, but
keep it in your hearts. And may it. . . teach you not only
to do good but to do it simply and humbly.
Schweitzer, "Letter to Students of a School for
Nurses," The Schweitzer Album
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