“A Lot To Live For: A Life In Service To Others”
Hello Mr. farmer,
There you go tilling your fields to and fro.
Day by day and year after year you have patiently
Endured the strain of the sun, the wind, and the rain,
So that others could benefit from the fruits of your grains.
Would you please explain to me Mr. farmer, what is the redeeming
Value of the strain you patiently endured from the sun, the wind, and the rain?
Come sit and listen said he. As the years have gone by, I have come to realize
That neither money, social status, nor the honors bestowed upon me,
Defined me or fulfilled me, it was the day-by-day joy and pride I experienced in
Being of service to others.
My friend, said he, I urge you to go through each day with this question in mind:
Just for today, just for right now, how are others living their life in service
To me? In return, ask yourself, how can I live my life in the service of others,
Just for today?
Each day as you retire, think about and experience the joy and the
Pride in the special ways that you have been of service to others. In turn,
Think again about how others have served you this day.
Day by day be alert when others serve you and be
Graciously thankful to them at every opportunity!
Said he, as I see it, the truth is, life and living is not about what others can do
For you: life and living is about the redeeming value of service to others.
And now you know why, day by day, and year after year, I have patiently
Endured the heat of the sun, the bite of the wind, and the chill of the rain.
As he went on his way, said I, thank you Mr. farmer for explaining
To me that the redeeming value of enduring our day by day stresses
and strains lead to joy and pride as we live our life in the service of others.
Living your life in the service of others nurtures courage,
Sustains hope, maintains pride and belief in oneself.
Indeed you have a lot to live for when you live your life
In the service to others.
©2001 by Blooming Bobville the positive response practical teacher poet; and , may you always be fresh and blooming in the service of others. Thank you
- “The best way to know who you are and what you are is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “ I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know, the only ones who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” -Albert Schweitzer.
- “We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.”-William Osler
- Resources for ideas as to the values and as to how to live in the service of others: