This past month, "What is Mine to Do" workshop presenter Rev. Barb Hetzel led her class through a reflective exercise using quotes about being of service in the world. Here are a few to ponder.
"Service has a life of its own. A single act of kindness may have a long trajectory and touch those we will never meet or see. Something that we causally offer may move through a web of connection far beyond ourselves to have effects that we may have never imagined. And so each of us may have left far more behind us than we may ever know."
— Rachel Naomi Remen in My Grandfather's Blessing
"Whether I notice or not, I continue to benefit from the efforts and accomplishments of those whose bodies have long since disappeared. Their services remain and should be received and appreciated as granted."
— Gregg Kretch in Naikan
"When we serve others, we gain more than hope. We gain energy."
— Margaret J. Wheatley in Turning to One Another
"Service was as much a part of my upbringing as eating breakfast and going to school. It isn't something that you do in your spare time. It was clear that it was the very purpose of life. In that context, you're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying, to keep doing the best you can every day."
— Marian Wright Edelman in Open Mind by Diane Mariechild
"Take a few moments to contemplate the question 'What gifts do I bring to share with my Earth family?' Go within and take an emotional scan or inventory of all the qualities that make you who you are. Be sensitive to the feelings of joy and passion that will accompany any authentic gift you have come to share. Today, commit to seeking new ways to open up the gift you are by sharing it with others."
- Dennis Merritt Jones in The Art of Being