18. THE POWER OF COMMITMENT

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized byyourself as a mighty one … the being a force of nature instead of a feverish,selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the worldwill not devote itself to making you happy.

—George Bernard Shaw

In early 1988, we were in the midst of opening a new Forum chapter in Silicon Valley, California. I had been away for the entire week but returned to Houston on Friday in time to take Mavis to the Museum of Fine Arts for the opening of a new show. We were among the last few to leave that night. We had parked the car a block or so away on a dark, unlit street lined with trees. When we walked out of the museum, it was raining, and so I ...

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