Thought for the Day: Service to Others

Today I received my quarterly college magazine. In our house we receive several since my two adult children attended different universities and my mother-in-law is living with us, so we get her alumni magazine as well. I really enjoy reading the articles and updates telling me what is going on in the world of academia. Reading these articles always reinforces my hope in humanity and the next generations. These young people are so smart, so driven, so inspired and so idealistic. I love it. But few address the ideal that service to others should always be our primary motivation in life. Service to others is the key to feeling accomplished in life. As a long-time teacher, believing and living this has kept me going for 32 years. Reading my alumni quarterly today, I immediately was drawn to an article written by a reporter who graduated shortly after I. His words were so inspiring and it is the reason I am writing on a weekend. So here it is…”I think the meaning of life is to serve others in your own unique way,”she said, “We all have talents that we bring to the table. Whether you pick up trash for a living or split atoms, if you make some sort of contribution to the planet – well, that’s what really matters.” (Cancer patient who lived with cancer for 14 years. UCI Magazine – Winter 2020, Greg Hardesty, ’85)

For years we have read memes, cartoons and other media that joke about the meaning of life. Well, in my humble opinion, this is it. If our life is not in service to others, than it is in the long run, meaningless. As usual, this is one man’s opinion. But, hopefully food for thought.

Happy Weekend.

Published by danthescienceman

Educator and coach for 32 years. I love to run. I love the river and I love traveling to other countries as a visitor rather than a tourist. My vocation is to serve young people. I do this through my teaching, coaching, mentoring and modeling how to truly live the life I have created. Mantra: Gifts are best honored when they are shared in the service of others.

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