“The more generous we are, the more joyous we become.
The more cooperative we are, the more valuable we become.
The more enthusiastic we are, the more productive we become.
The more serving we are, the more prosperous we become.”
… William Arthur Ward
When serving others…think of service as gift-giving, without obligation : by Dr. C R Bell
I was raised in rural South Georgia. Like most farmers in that area, my Dad raised cows. Cows were secured in pastures with wire fences. And, most farmers had an occasional rebellious cow get out and wander along the road.
When our cows escaped they almost always went north to end up on Hightower Gilder’s land; Hightower’s cows came south and ended up on our land.
The way my Dad dealt with the occasional intruder taught me the most important lesson of my life. Hightower would call the minute he spotted one of our cows and growl: “Ray, send your boys up here right now and get your cow out of my garden!!”
My Dad would always express polite gratitude and dispatch one of us for the rescue mission.
But, if Hightower’s cows roamed south, Dad took a completely different approach. He would get us up, return the stray, find the break in Hightower’s fence, repair the fence, and then call Hightower.
His example taught the power of service with abundance.
My dad did not return Hightower’s cows in the hopes Hightower would learn generosity.
He did it because that is who he was.
I learned that if I focused on service as gift-giving it fostered reciprocity—but without any obligation. Service as gift-giving is not conditional; it is a selfless act.
Life is most richly lived through what we give, not through what we take.