There are two ways of spreading light: To be the candle or to be the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton
Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy. –Mohandas K. Gandhi
I’ve been thinking a lot — and writing a lot — about how service is a major apect of my spirituality.
I’ve been reluctant to share, because…well, because there is so much in my head that it becomes difficult to condense it into something resembling coherence, lately.
What I can tell you is that I woke up this morning with this particular phrase in my mind:
“Your role is not to be, but to make the space for others to be.”
There’s more, but that seems to be another handy, albeit raw, condensation of what I had been struggling to convey. And I want to say, that role – of making space for others to be — is just as important as the role of being.