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The Leaves of Fall
11/20/2006 1:31:31 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Ah, Fall. The time of year when the weather begins to cool and the holidays are right around the corner. This fall has brought me back to the Midwest where the leaves on the trees can be at their most glorious; changing to vividly stunning colors of red, yellow, and orange. Of course, with that comes the time honored tradition of raking the leaves.

In my case, I have raked more than once. I had waited until many of the homes around me had begun to burn their leaves when I went out in the yard with rake in hand. Being that there are a great many splendid looking trees in the yard, I spent all afternoon raking and burning the leaves, finally leaving me standing in the yard looking at all my hard work, with pride. Now, it was only a few days later that I went out into the yard, to find the yard full of leaves once again. Since the leaves from all but one of the trees in the yard have fallen, I looked around and realized that they were blowing in from the neighbor’s property. So, once again, I took rake in hand and began raking not only my yard but the back end of the neighbor’s property as well.

Of course the obvious comments of “why did you rake his leaves?” and “he should have raked is own leaves” started. Rarely do people accept, let alone understand, the joys of doing for others. Many would just as soon have their own yards covered with leaves, than simply pick up a rake and do “someone else’s job”. This type of mentality leaves us wanting, for rarely do we get the results we want; for other’s actions are beyond our control. Instead, our own joy is sacrificed by allowing another’s choices to control our own lives.

Inevitably, their leaves will blow into our own yards. Like wise, taking the time to serve others will have a positive impact on our own lives. When we serve others, we will find many people will be there to serve us when we need it. We are always hearing stories of those who have helped others their entire lives, then when they need it the most, those they served are there to return the favor. With the Christmas season approaching, watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” for a prime example of this in action. However, even if that man, whom probably will never even realize I raked the leaves at the back of his property, never returns the favor, I still have gained some benefit from my actions. You see, if that man had raked his own leaves, then I would have been robbed of a golden opportunity, an opportunity to serve.

All the heroes we celebrate have one major thing in common; they are here to serve the people. Some do it by serving their country, some by serving their community, some by serving the homeless, some by serving those nearest them, like wives, children and parents, the list is endless but they all serve. As the holidays approach, there will be endless opportunities for you and me to serve. So, as you say your Thanksgiving blessings, do not forget to be thankful for your many opportunities to serve others in this world.

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
-Arthur Ashe
T. James Musler is a former manager and licensed minister with years of experience working with people and studying human habits and potential. His current book, Unleashing the Superhero in Us All, is a look at the Super heroes of the DC comics Universe and how each one can teach us to be heroes in our own lives and will be out in fall of 2006.How to Succeed With the Rat Pack Lifestyle is an entertaining
and informative guide to finding success in various aspects of life as embodied by the legendary Rat Pack.

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•  The Leaves of Fall - Monday, November 20, 2006  
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