My favorite quote of all time comes from Irish playright and political gadfly, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). He is most famous for Pygmalion, a play that ultimately became the broadway classic, My Fair Lady.
A champion of social justice and equal rights for women, Shaw once wrote…
This is the true joy in life…being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one… being a force for nature instead of a feverish 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 what 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’ to me. It is a splendid torch that I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.
Shaw’s quote has been stuck to our refrigerator door for more than thirty years. I recommend it as powerful motivation…