Spirit of Service

January 20th, 2009

Categories: Charity Begins at Home, Service

We couldn’t let the day go by without posting an excerpt from President Barack Obama’s inaugural address, the part in which he addressed the “spirit of service.”

“As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.”

We thank the Associated Press for printing the entire address which you can see at: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1404737/

We expect our next post will conclude the four part series on service personalities.

5 Responses to “Spirit of Service”

  1. Thomas Yip Said:

    President Obama’s speech was very humbling and serves as a reminder that America must unite in order to pull ourselves out of the current troubles. It is definitely a much-needed self-assessment that needs to be taken seriously.

  2. Joan Said:

    I thought of your blog after listening to President Obama’s inaugural address.

    Many people say service is a selfless act. I feel it is a selfish act. It makes the person giving service feel really good. I could live happily in a world filled with this kind of selfishness.

  3. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Joan, I agree with you.

    You also point to something that Jean-RenĂ© Gougelet mentioned in the first of the Focus on Service Personalities series. He said, “There is also the question of the self-feeding altruistic bounce: the positive feedback you get from someone you have well served works as a positive reinforcement that, in turn, leads to even more altruistic behavior.”

    And Thomas: Let’s hope that this spirit becomes fashionable so that others, who have spent their lives taking, can experience the pleasure of giving–if only to be trendy. After a while, it might become a habit!


  4. Thomas M Said:

    President Obama is off to a good start today. He froze all White House salaries because he said the staff has to sacrifice along with the public and because, he reminded, public service is SERVICE.

  5. Mimi Fukui Said:

    President Obama is certainly trying his hardest to render what he firmly believes is the best service for our country’s needs. It is inevitable that there will be obstacles and resistance to his efforts and controversy and error associated with his actions. He is certainly not responsible for the current state of the nation, but his willingness to accept responsibility and to persist are certainly worthy of recognition.

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