The flames of the menorah, a perfect row of lights are magnificent. But then there is the shamash, just a little higher, in a row by itself.
If a person devotes his life to self-enhancement, self-perfection, to growth, that’s wonderful, that’s admirable – but it’s not what will ultimately allow him to reach his greatest heights.
When a person becomes a shamash, dedicates his life to helping others give light, to become a conduit for light and love and hope, then he empowers and inspires others, then he’s living higher.
To dream alone is awesome, but to help others realize their dreams is greater – because you don’t only bring out the best in them. You bring out the best in yourself.
~ R’ YY Jacobson