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Service as a Virtue

Several years ago, I was introduced to Sean Young, a “serial entrepreneur”, as he called himself. And he certainly lived up to that moniker -- always on his own terms (which in my opinion is one of the best ways to live a joyful life!)

At one time, Sean had a company that trained front-line retail staff in the art and skill of good customer service, with the emphasis on service. In fact he explained that he saw “service as a virtue”. That phrase always stuck with me.

I particularly like the way Wikipedia defines the word “virtue” as “moral excellence.” What a wonderful virtue to aspire to!
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The Joy of Service…

“There is joy in being wise and just, But above all there is the beautiful, The immense happiness of serving.” ~ Gabriela Mistral

Those of you who know me, know that I love writing and reading poetry that moves my soul. So when I ran across this great little poem by Gabriela Mistral about service, I knew I had to share it with you for this week’s blog.

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The Power of Optimism

Here’s an excerpt from my new book Being Joy™ about the power of optimism.

I’ve sometimes been told that I’m naïve, too impressionable, not a realist – usually by people close to me who are concerned that I’m setting myself up for disappointment. But I’ve always been an optimist – one of the most essential qualities for joy I believe.
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