A Moment of Inspiration from Latham Centers

November 12, 2015



As the holiday season comes around it is important to remember what we are grateful for, as well as how we can help those in need to the best of our abilities. Gabriela Mistral writes “The Pleasure of Serving,” and thoughtfully provokes the reader to think about how he or she can better the world around him or her. Latham Centers adult residents, students, staff and Board of Directors aim to live this mission daily.


The Pleasure of Serving
All of nature is a yearning for service:
The cloud serves, and the wind, and the furrow.
Where there is a tree to plant, you be the one.
Where there is a mistake to undo, let it be you.
You be the one to remove the rock from the field,
The hate from human hearts,
And the difficulties from the problem.
There is joy in being wise and just,
But above all there is the beautiful,
The immense happiness of serving.
How sad the world would be if all was already done.
If there was no rosebush to plant, No enterprise to undertake.
Do not limit yourself to easy tasks.
It’s so beautiful to do what others dodge.
But don’t fall prey to the error that only Great
Tasks done can be counted as accomplishments.
There are small acts of service that are good ones:
Decoratively setting a table,
Putting some books in order,
Combing a little girl’s hair.
That one over there is the one that criticizes,
This other one is the one that destroys.
You be the one that serves…

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