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We Believe in the Power of One and Rejoice in the Strength of Many

 If scarcity equates to value, then life is the most precious thing in our universe. We are each gifted with this unique spark that separates us from the will of the universe and gives us our own. Where others choose to wield our differences to divide us, we choose to allow our differences to complement us all. Life, bestowed to us in all its uniqueness, is a gift. 

It is important to us that the coming generations are taught to grasp their lives with gratitude and a hunger for the future. Toward this goal, Serve Your Spirit introduces our youth to others who have encompassed this energy. We feature the example of Steve “Pre” Prefontaine who, through his love of running and his desire to be the fastest, pushed himself from the world of casual high school sports to the international grand stage of track and field.

Pre’s effort and subsequent successes continue to inspire to this day. He inspires not only athletes, but people from any walk of life who feel the need to step up to accomplish their goals. One such person is Mike Leckie, who is inspired by Pre as he tirelessly continues his work as a sculptor through thick and thin. Through virtue of his hard work, he has grown to become a world-renowned sculptor, and went on to co-found Serve Your Spirit with the faith that others may be taught to believe in their capabilities just as he has. The story of Pre demonstrates that however large the gap is between our present circumstances and our ambition, any distance can be closed through the power of the human spirit.

Serve Your Spirit recognizes that determination and willpower can’t simply be passed around with a magic wand, as much as we wish it could! Instead, we focus on helping students develop the lifestyle and habits through which they can discover such self-confidence and discipline for themselves. Self-development is a hard road; just like any skill, we believe the sooner people learn to practice it effectively, the better off they’ll be down the road. 

Serve Your Spirit believes that there is far more to satisfying the human spirit than just establishing a career, which is often the priority for school programs that claim to help students discover what they want to do with their lives. We take an alternative approach by encouraging youth to discover their passions without forcing them to judge the monetary value of these interests. What we see as most important is that students find joy and meaning in their hobbies, and consequently are put on solid ground to develop universally useful habits such as consistent practice and a positively minded, constructive self-criticism and awareness; such skills are applicable no matter what line of work they may choose or create in the future. 

So often, students are taught that the most important thing they can do is choose a good job and do something worthwhile for society. While this may not be wrong, it is the opinion of Serve Your Spirit that this mindset puts the cart before the horse. Students should be free to find what things they care for and are good at in a space free from the pressures of societal influences and cultural assumptions. We believe that by learning first to serve their own spirit, the path to best serve society will reveal itself.

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Serve Your Spirit Foundation was built as a response to the current crisis of Oregon youth and their personal meaning within our fast-changing culture. Serve Your Spirit Foundation’s goal is to create a mindset through which reality can be healthily reconciled, and a more grounded and balanced perspective may be developed.

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