Sunday, September 20, 2009
For some time now my son has been looking for ways to volunteer in our community. His desire to help others reminded me of a different time when another young President inspired us to do our best and look outside ourselves to help others.
The Peace Corp was founded during this Presidents very short time in office and it still inspires many today
Below is a quote that I think most of you are familiar with and one that I have never forgotten.
John F. Kennedy
"We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give."
"The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have."
Norman Vincent Peale
"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
"Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
"No man is so poor as to have nothing worth giving. Give what you have. To someone it may be better than you dare to think.."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.."
George M. Adams
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."
"If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever."
"What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good."
Aristotle (384-322 BC)
"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. "
-- Erma Brombeck
"When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined."
"Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people."
-- Harry Chapin
"He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own."
"We are all like one-winged angels. It is only when we help each other that we can fly."
Luciano de Crescenzo
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
Booker T. Washington
"A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives the rose."
"A different world cannot be built by indifferent people."
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1999