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Leader of the Month: Amy Sandel

Posted on 25 September 2017

“Love all, serve all.” I think the first time I remember seeing that phrase was at the Hard Rock Café in Myrtle Beach. It was written on the wall as we entered the restaurant, and it was also printed on our ticket for the Go Go’s concert later that evening.  At the time I remember thinking, “Hmm… ‘love all, serve all’ - that’s a great concept!” followed by “Ahhhhh!  We’re seeing The Go Go’s!”  Needless to say, I was a little focused on other things at that point.

However, the phrase “love all, serve all” has always been filed away in my mind. The older I get, the more I realize there’s a great, big world beyond my front door.  At times in my life when I’m having a bad day and lamenting “Why me?” – those are also now the times where I stop myself to think about those in the world who are much worse off.  Yeah, my life is actually pretty darn good, but some people aren’t as lucky.  Knowing this is what calls not just me, but all of us to “love all, serve all.”

Now, this may seem like an odd piece of advice, but be a tree. Think about it:  roots deeply planted in the earth while branches reaching into the heavens, limbs spread wide and welcoming, leaves providing shade, food, and respite for all.  We too should have deep roots in our communities.  We should stand tall and proud, open our arms and hearts, and provide kindness and comfort to everyone we meet.  Like I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, we are not alone on this planet.  We are here TOGETHER.  Our purpose here is greater than just ourselves alone.  We were made to love and serve each other.

So, as I close out my month-long YXU stint, I hope someone out there got a little something from my posts. And yes, if I can give you any advice: love all, serve all, because change in the outside world starts with change within ourselves.  Go out to plant that seed; go out to set the world on fire.  Go out and be that change.

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