"This is the true joy in life, the being recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; by being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible."
One might suppose from the above that Mr. Shaw was speaking from a spiritual perspective. He seems to clearly see that happiness comes from within. Happiness will never be found by looking to the material world around us. Happiness is found when we simply make the decision to be happy.
It is the highest of spiritul values to realize that indeed our lives belong to each other. The highest form of spiritual living is to devote ourselves to serving others. It is our great privilege to help. Turn within every day and ask the Divine Presence within: how may I be of help? When we do - answers will show up in our lives.
To rejoice in life for its own sake, to find joy in all things brings peace, harmony and balance into our lives.
We all have a bright light burning inside of us - it is the light of the Divine. May we each open to this awareness and allow our light to shine as brightly as possible. Let each of us recognize that we are a mighty one.
I am grateful to Mr. Shaw for his spiritul insights.
Gene Ford Runnels