Why Should We Care about Contributing?

ONE TUSK

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1. To be part of something greater than ourselves. Here’s how others have explained it.

“To be a man is to feel that one’s own stone contributes to building the edifice of the world.” (Antoine de Saint Erupery, 1900~1944)

“We are not here to merely make a living. We are here to enrich the world, and we impoverish ourselves if we forget this errand.”
(Woodrow T. Wilson, 1856~1924)

“The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” (Leo Rosten, 1908~1997)

“There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.” (Walter Reuther,1907~1970)

2. We do it for ourselves. Mohandas Gandhi (1869~1948) was laboriously serving the people…

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Some Questions to reflect upon from time to time – better than dozing off and/or sleep walking into our next thing…..

What is truly important in my life?

What would I really like to be and do in my life?

What are my greatest strengths? What are my talents, possibilities, and true potential?

If I had unlimited time and resources, what would I do? What are my deepest priorities? Continue reading