Are we other-focused?

by April Varn Welch

Recently, I came across the term as I contemplated our collective call to serve one another. It reminded me of Tilden’s priceless ingredient and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. Even our next holiday, Thanksgiving, celebrates the concept.

John R. Wood wrote Ordinary Lives- Extraordinary Mission: Five Steps to Winning the War Within in which he challenged readers to give their everything; to imagine life as a marathon where the runner finishes with nothing left to give. He claimed that “we find ourselves by giving ourselves away” and that our “life is a gift and the gift only has value if you give it away”; therefore, let us continue to be other-focused in all that we do, as public servants and as audience savvy interpreters.

“Others”
By Charles D. Meigs

Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way,
That even when I kneel to pray,
My prayer shall be for “Others.”

Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true,
And know, that all I do for You
Must needs be done for “Others”.

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