El Placer de Servir / The Pleasure of Serving

–por Gabriela Mistral (Mayo 1, 2015)

cielitolimpioToda la naturaleza es un anhelo de servicio:
sirve la nube, sirve el viento, sirve el surco.

Donde haya un árbol que plantar, plántalo tú,
donde haya un error que enmendar, enmiéndalo tú.

Sé el que apartó la piedra del campo,
el odio entre los corazones,
y las dificultades del problema.

Hay la alegría de ser sano y de ser justo,
pero hay, sobre todo, la hermosa,
la inmensa alegría de servir.

Qué triste sería el mundo si todo en él estuviera hecho,
si no hubiera un rosal que plantar,
una empresa que emprender.

Que no te llamen solamente los trabajos fáciles.
Es tan bello hacer lo que otros esquivan.

Pero no caigas en el error de que sólo
se hace mérito con los grandes trabajos.
Hay pequeños servicios que son buenos servicios:
adornar una mesa,
ordenar unos libros,
peinar una niña.
Aquél es el que critica, éste es el que destruye.
Tú, sé el que sirve.

El servir no es faena sólo de seres inferiores.
El Amor Universal, quien da el fruto y la luz, sirve.
Pudiera llamársele así: “El o La que sirve.”

Y tiene sus ojos en nuestras manos
y nos pregunta cada día:
¿Serviste hoy? ¿A quién? ¿Al árbol,
a tu amigo o a tu madre?

–Gabriela Mistral. De la colección de poemas Tala. Premio Nobel de Literatura (1945). Poema de la colección Tala, recitado en enero de 1953 durante el centenario del aniversario del natalicio de José Martí.

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All of nature is a yearning for service:
The cloud serves, and the wind, and the furrow.

Where there is a tree to plant, you be the one.
Where there is a mistake to undo, let it be you.

You be the one to remove the rock from the field,
The hate from human hearts,
And the difficulties from the problem.

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

How sad the world would be if all was already done.
If there was no rosebush to plant,
No enterprise to undertake.

Do not limit yourself to easy tasks.
It’s so beautiful to do what others dodge.

But don’t fall prey to the error that only
Great tasks done can be counted as accomplishments.
There are small acts of service that are good ones:
Decoratively setting a table,
Putting some books in order,
Combing a little girl’s hair.
That one over there is the one that criticizes,
This other one is the one that destroys.
You be the one that serves.

Serving is not a labor just for inferior beings.
The Universal Love, Who gives fruit and light, serves.
Her or His name could be rendered thus:  He or She Who Serves.

And she has her eyes on our hands,
And he asks us at the close of day:
“Did you render service today? To whom?
To a tree, to your friend, to your mother?”

–Gabriela Mistral. 1945 Nobel Prize for Literature. Poem from the collection Tala recited during on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of José Martí’s birth, in January 1953.

About Pancho

To live in radical joyous shared servanthood to unify humanity.
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