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    On Mar 15, 2013 Thierry wrote:

    'We can only serve that to which we are profoundly connected'. This phrase sums it up entirely for me. And yet, why is it we sometimes resist this calling to serve that would make of our life a beautiful offering? Why is it I do not give my life entirely to that which I feel is most holy (that which serves the whole).' It must be that the challenge is very great.
    'We serve with ourselves', as we are, the author says. Am I willing to accept my limitations, my darkness, my vulnerability? willing to accept the same in others?' Service is a relationship between equals',says the author, which means can I cease to compare? A psychological revolution!
    In service, one is no more, no less than the other chap. In administration one gives importance to function, not status. In education one sees that the relationship to the student is rooted in affection, not authority. In charity one serves  without deriving for oneself a sense of holiness.
    I don't see any greater challenge. Helping is a fairly natural response that does'nt demand one should be willing to  transform oneself. The same with 'Fixing': the implication on the part of the 'fixer' is somewhat limited as is his perspective. 

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