Someone recently passed along this quote to me (from someone named Rachel Naomi Remen):

« Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life:
When you help, you see life as weak.
When you fix, you see life as broken.
When you serve, you see life as whole. »

Among the questions these words may raise: What does « serve » mean and what does « whole » mean? And who am « I »?
Amid these World Cup days that have been captivating millions and millions of people the world over all at once (something amazing in and of itself, to be addressed in a later post), an example arises again and again: The players who « serve » in the interest of their teams have had far more outstanding results in the tournament than those who play for themselves, who want to be the « one » who « helps » or « fixes » the situation. It’s no accident that the two teams left standing to play in the final Sunday (Argentina and Germany) have played collectively, the « stars » putting their skills to work for the common « good. »
What if we all did that?