I have been mindful of several notions as I write about service, leadership, and innovation on this blog. First is that (as I heard the Coast Guard’s Admiral Pappdiscuss once in a speech) “there are heroes in our midst,” and second, that service is something that comes in many forms. Sometimes it is done in a classroom, sometimes it is done in a uniform, sometimes it is done in a hospital, and most times it is done in places and ways that are neither glamorous nor easily recognized. With those principles in mind, I am seeking to answer the question “why do you serve” in a regular segment here. My hope is that these very personal accounts will tell the very important and meaningful story of how those among us are doing extraordinary things to serve their communities, their nation, and in some cases humanity the world over — that service to others is so important because:
1. It is good for you;
2. It is good for those around you; and
3. It is good for those who you serve.
We’ll hear from educators, scientists, community workers, doctors, clergy, and more in the future.
Since getting underway, of course, I have expanded to include a few pieces written by me, rather than first person accounts. The idea, at any rate, is to highlight many stories and varieties of service in the coming weeks. I’d like to shine a spotlight on the good things that others are doing, and, perhaps, encourage newcomers to do the same.
I hope you’ll get in touch with me if you would like to write, or if you know of someone who has a good story worth telling. I’ve listed past stories, as well as some other profiles in service type posts that were the early inspiration for this idea, below so that you can get a flavor for the project.
Thank you for reading, and to those the world over — wherever you do your good work — thank you for your service!