I ran across this quote today by George Bernard Shaw that really speaks to me:
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized
by yourself as a mighty one, the being a force of nature, instead of a
selfish, feverish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining
that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the
opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and it is my
privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up
when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life
for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me, it is a sort of
splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment, and I want to
make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future
I love the deep sense of purpose, the appeal to the greater good, and the drive to make a meaningful difference in this quote.
When are you a force of nature?
What splendid torch do you want to hand off to future generations?