SOAPBOX of the week: pitch in to get paid back

“Service is the rent you pay for room on this earth.”     – Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman, educator & author

Fifty bucks says, many of you would have laughed this one off when you were the omniscient age of 18, and assumed it was one of your parent’s devious mantras.  That self-centered mentality was merely part of the growing-up curve (the “me era”) we all traipsed through, and (hopefully) eventually evolved out of!  One magical day the lightbulb finally flickered an a-ha moment, and you realized there’s no such thing as a free ride.  And, you know what?  It really does feel better to give than receive!  Your attitude of entitlement dissipated with enlightenment that giving of your time, energy, efforts, love and attention is not just part and parcel to the passage into “adulthood”; it’s the daily token you must purchase for the real 3-D ride!  Serving others is an ironic, bottomless investment whose returns will never cease to amaze you.  So while you pitch a tent on this grand planet, know that if you keep up with the daily rent, you yourself will always live like royalty.

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