I first came across these inspirational words from George Bernard Shaw a few years ago when I began my journey of self development and personal growth.
I was attending this personal development seminar, and the presenter ended the evening by quoting these words. It was a fitting end to an interesting period of learning and growth, and his words seemed to have a profound effect on most people in the room.
As you begin your own journey of personal growth, following your heart and leading a life of contribution, may these words inspire you in the same way they have inspired me:-
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish 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 is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.”
Let your light shine brightly for a long time :-).