A Woodrow Wilson quote

Something inspirational:

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”


18 Jul, 2019

6 thoughts on “A Woodrow Wilson quote

  1. Yes, it’s a great idea. I was brainwashed as a child into being a caretaker and wasn’t allowed to do anything like this for anyone else, besides my parents.

    They took away my voice and most of the reasons for living, so that is something I’m trying to figure out at 50 years old. I’m at the point where I’m finally taking care of myself, and only trying to help those people who are willing to help themselves.

    My parents never did much to help themselves and expected their children to take care of them, which is wrong on so many levels. My main goal in my life is to try to make a difference in the world and leave it a better place than it is now for future generations.

    1. Thanks. Your response resonates for me on so many levels Randy. Yes, Woodrow’s quote is right. We must make a difference for ourselves and then make a difference in the world.

      Just imagine what the world would like if we did that. Half the battle is recognising the need for us to make a difference and you’re doing that.

      No child should have to parent. Those shouldn’t have been your experiences, but unless people (including some parents) want to help themselves, and they choose to help themselves, there is very little children can do.

  2. When I look around me and see the self-destruction of our planet, driven by greed and politics I despair.

    We have come along way since Woodrow Wilson led the US into WW1 to make the world safe for democracy and unlike the present incumbent, he put his country first before self interest.

    We can all benefit from this selflessness.

  3. Thanks. Yes, I hope those responsible are listening and reading this. They know who they are.

    Most governments are guilty and continue to be guilty of this, particularly because they continue to be self-absorbed, it’s clear they’re not putting the national interest first. They don’t care.

    I also despair to the point of it being cringe-worthy to watch. Woodrow Wilson paved the way. We must see more of this. His lessons are our lessons. In Government, it’s even more important.

  4. I was assigned to this life for a particular reason and I’ll probably be here until my mission is accomplished. So I have a purpose other than my routine affairs.

    My existence is not by happenstance, I truly believe that.

  5. Thanks Tim. You’re right and this is my belief too. We are all assigned to this life for a reason.

    Some of us will already know what our purpose is, others won’t be particularly interested to find out and others will come into their purpose late and by chance. I fall into the very last category.

    But however we find our purpose, it is important we live our lives with purpose. The more purpose-based our lives are, the more united we will stand, although as we are seeing there are exceptions to that.

    With a specific purpose geared around helping other people, we’re more likely to want to put others first and come from a place of care. But even without a purpose, we must all want to live our lives purposefully through the universal way.

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