August 17, 2016

If, like me, you’re focused on Serving the World…Read this.

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185 Words to change your Life forever, if only a Little Bit.

I wake up joyful to work my life away to be of benefit. It’s the notion of the Bodhisattva Vow—we serve, and in serving, we discover true joy. So I disagree with the following quote.

And yet—and yet it sparks something in me. Remember to live. Service is not martyrdom. This quote is for the entrepreneurs and would-be Bodhisattvas and parents and teachers and NGOers and public servants among us. It’s not for the most-of-us who work 9 – 5 and enjoy a barbeque on weekends. It’s for those of us who nearly-drown in our own service, forgetting to live:

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
Edward Abbey


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