I’m here not to change the world, but to serve the world. When you want to change the world, you take a burden of changing, and a responsibility of changing, and that can be stressful. When you are serving the world, you do your best and that’s it.”
-Satish Kumar, former Jain Monk in conversation with Steve Paulson on PRI, 2007-12-28.
I was struck by this view of service and how it both puts an individual’s ability at the forefront of the struggle to overcome injustice and hardship. While some folks are galvanized into action and fight the good fight until they burn out, others can be incapacitated by the sheer enormity of a problem. By switching the focus from what has to be done to what an individual can do, a person has a better chance of managing both expectations and ego.