There is no higher calling than to care
for the well-being of all those in need,
helping with the burdens they must bear,
attending to their troubles when they plead.
Of course we have our pleasures to pursue
when not bound by responsibilities,
and there are many things we’d rather do,
if only sing a song or shoot the breeze.
Yet nothing will so deeply gratify
as knowing that you’ve done what must be done
and shown neighbors that they can rely
on you to carry out what many shun.
Then when you come to need the help of others,
you’ll find a world of sisters and of brothers.