Our debt to humanity is expressed through service. Once we fully understand that the world is meant to be shared, our need for individual gain lessons. We must learn to not only tolerate but also appreciate one another for our individual contributions to the world around us. Notice I said “contributions”; we must selflessly give of ourselves if we are going to progress as whole. Not one race or creed is better than the other; the only race that matters is the human race. We must equally do our part to ensure that our children can grow up in a world free from worry, division, war, famine and fear.
The founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, once said “To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.” It certainly is success when we shift our focus from selfish needs to focusing on what we can do for others including all of the external forces that assist in keeping the world moving. It certainly is success when we seek to help others around us who are less fortunate than you may be. It certainly is success when we consciously increase our desire to provide than our need to acquire. In essence, success is based on doing more for others than the expectation of what others can do for you.
Each year around Thanksgiving, Christmas and points before and in between, I volunteer my time, treasure and effort to serve the less fortunate through various service projects. I do not expect an award nor do I strive for recognition; I simply do my part. My part is giving back. My part is understanding that the person I am handing a plate of food to could have easily been me. My part is planting a seed of hope in souls who are thinking about or are on the brink of giving up. Once you understand that we are all connected, it will be easier for you to see past the surface and your ability to shift the focus from how you can benefit to how you can benefit others shifts greatly. Since we are all connected, it is critically important that you understand that we are all links in a continuous chain and the fact of the matter is we are only as strong as our weakest link. Do your part.
The world is starving for people who care; I encourage you to be the sustenance that satiates her hunger.
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