The famous Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore, a friend of Gandhi and the first writer from the Third World to receive the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913, wrote the following poem which is the inspiration of our blessing for today:
I slept and dreamed that life was joy,
I awoke and saw that life was service,
I acted and behold, service was joy.
We bless ourselves in our ability to discover the profound joy, deep contentment and lasting peace born of unselfed service. We bless ourselves in our ability to serve with no strings ever attached to our activity, as a simple gift of our love we lay on the altar of divine Love.
We bless ourselves in our ability to serve, never counting the hours or minding a possible inconvenience, truly treasuring the gift it is to be able to put our modest qualities in the service of others.
We bless ourselves in the incredible privilege it is to be counted among those who constitute the invisible “servant nation” of world servers working towards a win-win world that works for all.
And may we perform the most humble or menial task in the same spirit as if we were serving at the court of a queen – for truly that is exactly what we are doing.
Thank you to Manuela and our friends at The Gentle Art of Blessing for sharing.
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