Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Long View: Being, in no particular order, 25 things I've bumped into along the way and have not forgotten. Yet.

10. Service
"It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody."
-- B. Dylan

Or it could be both. Or neither. Service, selflessness, giving back. Call it what you will. Mr. Dylan is correct, sort of. You won't have to serve somebody, but if you don't your life will be poorer for it. It seems counter-intuitive. Take love by making love? Really? Yes, it turns out to be very intuitive. You can do it at home or you can do it on the other side of the world. You can do it for humans or animals or the earth or some part of the earth. You can do it for a flea, a bumble bee or a baby. Orphanages need people to hold babies, coo to them, give them warm, regular physical contact. Go to them, do that. Children need people to teach them to read. Teach them. Self absorption is dull, it will frost you with drear. Give, don't take. Please.

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