Thursday, October 18, 2012

What Have I Done For Someone Today?

"When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the Service of your God."

"The Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives.  Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish."

"Man's greatest happiness comes from losing himself for the good of others." - David O McKay

"Often we live side by side but do not communicate heart to heart.  There are those within the sphere of our own influence who, with outstretched hands, cry out, "Is there no balm in Gilead?""

"How many times has your heart been touched as you have witnessed the need of another?  How often have you intended to be the one to help?  And yet how often has day-to-day living interfered and you've left it for others to help, feeling that "oh, surely someone will take care of that need."

I have wept in the night
for the shortness of sight
that to somebody's need made me blind;
felt a tinge of regret
for being a little too kind.

"We become so caught up in the busyness of our lives.  Were we to step back, however, and take a good look at what we're doing, we may find that we have immersed ourselves in the "thick of thin things."

"It is difficult for those who are young to understand the loneliness that comes when life changes from a time of preparation and performance to a time of putting things away...To be so long the center of a home, so much sought after, and then, almost suddenly to be on the sidelines watching the procession pass by-this is living into loneliness...We have to live a long time to learn how empty a room can be that is filled only with furniture.  It takes someone...beyond mere hired service,beyond institutional care or professional duty, to thaw out the memories of the past and keep them warmly living in the present... We cannot bring them back the morning hours of youth. But we can help them live in the warm glow of a sunset made more beautiful by our thoughtfulness...and unfeigned love."

-President Thomas S. Monson

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