Service is the virtue that defines a community.
The word Service comes from the word "servitude" and means to "serve". Historically this was applied to slaves or those who were in some way in Service to another. Throughout history Service has been applied in both negative and positive ways, slaves served their masters but priests and kings served their people. So if we were to extract a general definition of Service I would posit that it would be "to aid or help others". Granted this could be willing or unwilling but the definition is good and generally accepted in our society.
So what does Service as a virtue mean? Well it means to aid and help others, willingly. We should always be available to serve the needs and wants of others, within reason of course. To make yourself available and willing to help others, to serve them, not only shows compassion but is the foundation that brings a community together. When we help those who need our time, our understanding, and our resources within the best of our abilities it creates within us a feeling of being needed and appreciated. When we feel good about who and what we are and what we do we emanate those positive feelings from our very being. We share our happiness and contentment unknowingly with those around us.
In Service we must not forget to serve ourselves, not selfishly but within a healthy understanding of our needs and desires. We must take care of ourselves to be able to take care of others. If our basic needs are not met then we are not able to honestly meet the needs of others. We can try to serve others but when we take too much from ourselves we diminish the value of our Service as well as our own much needed health and happiness. First and foremost take care of yourself. Keep to your virtues, keep to your health and home peace and manageability. For in this care your Service to others will become a byproduct of your life. It is easier to give what you already have than to search for what you yourself desire to attain.
As a community, if we all look to care for our own happiness and contentment and then willingly and actively go out and serve those who needs us, we will be stronger. A people who works for the happiness and comfort of all is a strong and powerful people. A people who can accomplish any goal they set before them. I want to be apart of this community, so I will serve.
I will care for my own home and happiness
I will serve my interests in a healthy and productive manner
I will give of myself to those in need of me
I will serve my community to make it stronger