Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a great volume on personal change. A quote in the book stands out as a powerful statement on what it is to live a fulfilled life. It’s from George Bernard Shaw, the great literary critic and co-founder of the London School of Economics.
This is the true joy in life – that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. That 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 to me. It’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
Life is only truly lived in service.