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In lieu of the weekly post reflecting my views, I researched the views of some famous (and not so famous) servers in history on this week’s topic of “Service”. I share them with you, in the hope that they will inspire thought, reflection, and service through action.

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. – Albert Schweitzer

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy. –
Mahatma Gandhi

When we help we do not really serve… . Serving is also different from fixing. One of the pioneers of the Human Potential Movement, Abraham Maslow, said, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’ Seeing yourself as a fixer may cause you to see brokenness everywhere, to sit in judgment of life itself. When we fix others, we may not see their hidden wholeness or trust the integrity of the life in them. Fixers trust their own expertise. When we serve, we see the unborn wholeness in others; we collaborate with it and strengthen it. Others may then be able to see their wholeness for themselves for the first time. –
Rachel Naomi Remen

The highest excellence is like water. The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things, and in its occupying, without striving, the low place which all men dislike.
Laozi (Lao Tzu)

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank

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.
Leo Tolstoy

To the wrongs that need resistance,
To the right that needs assistance,
To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.
Carrie Chapman

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickinson

He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.
Confucius

Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Edmund Burke

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. –
Ramana Maharshi

We will draw inspiration from the above quotes, and have a conversation dedicated to those who have served, and continue to serve the greater good, in whatever capacity they can. Please join us, Sunday, May 24th at 9amET (Memorial Day Sunday in the USA) on twitter in #SpiritChat.

Namaste,

Kumud