“I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” — Albert Schweitzer
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Ann Frank
Responsibility is the ability to respond. When we get involved we are demonstrating that ability and responding to the most pressing need in the world today — service. It is service to others, be they human or other natural beings that is what life is all about. It is responsibility expressed through action within a community that enriches the whole.
In an interconnected world, the small differences we make each day with others ripple out and add up to big differences in lives that we often cannot see. When we get involved we serve our community as well as those who will come after us in ways that can be very difficult to gauge.
One thing though is certain. When we volunteer, get involved and serve others we too reap the benefits of those actions. As Emerson said 150 years ago service offers 'beautiful compensation' to those who give of their time … " nobody can sincerely try to help another without helping themselves". Others have said that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. It is not the reason to get involved, but it is, in Emerson's words, 'beautiful compensation' that cannot be denied. Some of us are waiting for others to step up and get involved. Fortunately, the need for compassionate action is enormous and the time is now. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to me. It is up to you. We are the ones we've been waiting for.
“Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”
— H. Melville
“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for others and then for ourselves.”
— Hellen Keller