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The Secret of Life: The Sixth Secret

Updated on June 2, 2013

WELCOME BACK MY FRIENDS

I haven’t spoken with you in a week or so. You have been missed. I love it when old friends get together and discuss matters of importance. No small-talk here. If you want small-talk head down to the local McDonalds and “have a nice day.”

Here we talk about weighty issues and they are all related to the secret of life, and by extension the secret to happiness.

So far we have talked about love and having a purpose. We kicked back and chatted about hope, humility and acceptance. Today, then, it is time to discuss the sixth secret of life. Are you ready? If so then get comfortable and allow me to kick off this discussion about service.

You may say I'm a dreamer
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Imagine if we all helped one another

REACH OUT YOUR HAND

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi….now there was a man who understood service, but what does he mean about finding yourself by losing yourself in service?

I believe, and please remember that this is only my opinion, that our highest calling in life is to love. Second only to love is our calling to serve others, and if I’m not mistaken, the act of service is, in fact, an act of love. Thus, by doing service for others we are, in fact, loving others as we would love ourselves.

The word love is easy to say. It has even been bastardized into the modern-day “love ya,” a quick and painless way of telling someone that you care about them. However, there are miles to travel before the word “love” is actually shown through action.

What is service but a giving of one’s time, efforts, even possessions to another in an unselfish act of brotherhood? There are no expectations regarding service. We do not serve another person because we think we will be rewarded, nor do we help others for praise or glory. True humanitarianism is achieved only when we do service for no other reason than to simply help another person. At that moment we toss aside all the b.s. of life and we find a core of goodness inside of us that can serve as a foundation for self-happiness.

ADDED BENEFIT

One of the remarkable side-effects of doing service is that we forget about our own problems when we help others. I don’t care what is bothering you at any particular moment. I guarantee that you will forget about that bothersome worry the moment you reach out a hand of assistance to another. It is magical and it happens every single time.

No matter how bad your life is, you can always find someone who is worse off than you, and by reaching out to those people you gain a wonderful perspective about life. I have only to drive through downtown and catch a glimpse of the homeless to realize just how good my life is. I have only to volunteer at a Food Bank to realize that my life is blessed, and if I am blessed then I need to share those blessings with others who might be in short supply of such blessings.

SO IF THAT IS TRUE…..

Then why are there so many people who do not serve their fellow man and woman? Why is service something people do during the holidays when asked to make donations of canned food, but not during the rest of the year? Why are there ridiculously rich people who have no concept of service, while those who barely have the money to pay their rent always find a little something extra to give to others in need?

I believe service is a trait that is taught at an early age. I know it was true for me. I grew up in a family where social conscience was instilled in each of us. “He ain’t heavy he’s my brother” were words I grew up with. My parents believed in helping others and they taught me that at such a young age that today I don’t even remember when those lessons were passed along to me. It seems like those words were always a part of my childhood.

Every Sunday we headed down to church and volunteered to help out at the Clothing Bank, sorting clothes and helping people find items that they needed. When you grow up with that kind of civic action then it stays with you for a lifetime, and I guarantee you that I developed a very clear sense of gratitude because of the lessons about service that were passed down to me by my parents.

Every year when I was teaching I would instruct my students to create a service project during the year. Many of them wanted to collect cans of food but I wouldn’t let them do that. It’s too easy for a twelve year old to raid the family kitchen and bring cans to school and think that they had accomplished an act of service. Service should be an act of sacrifice, an unselfish giving of time and effort to help someone else. Eventually my students came up with some wonderful ideas, and they came away from those acts of service feeling good about themselves AND with a new sense of humility.

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Sit with me awhile

HE AIN’T HEAVY HE’S MY BROTHER

I readily admit that there are some people who turn my stomach and make me nauseous. There are some people who simply annoy the hell out of me because of their personality or actions. I suspect that is true for all of us. However, that does not give me a free pass when it comes time to help others. I have heard people say they won’t help the homeless because those are worthless bums and they will just use the money given to them on drugs and booze. Granted, that may be true for some, but who am I to judge? How do I know if the person I pass on the street is needy or not?

Whenever anyone, anywhere, reaches out a hand for help, I want the hand of H.O.W. to always be there and for that, I am responsible.

That is the mission statement for Humanity One World, and it is the mission statement for me as well. It is my responsibility to help those in need, and I would hope it is yours as well.

How can I look in the mirror and feel good about myself knowing that I have not done my part to make this world a better place? How do I live with that?

I can’t answer that question for all of you, but I can sure answer it for myself. The answer is that I cannot live with that. Through acts of service I am able to give back to society. As an added bonus, through those acts I am able to feed my soul so that I can look in the mirror each night and smile, and as I go to sleep each night I can whisper to my parents that they taught me well.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly my friend, I am blessed beyond belief, as are you. Thank you for being the man that you are.

      bill

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... well said and I agree... to be human is to be real first and to love unconditionally where ever we find ourselves... Great thoughts here...

      Be blessed

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As do I, Anna! :)

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Yes definately, without hope and dreams nothing will ever change. I do believe there is hope :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you so much. Hopefully, yes, we can return to caring and giving as a society. There is always hope, right?

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      There is so much truth and humanity in your words. We live in a world where the important things are often forgotten in favour of chasing status and monetary gains. Helping others is like no feeling that can be bought and hopefully as a world we can move back to being more caring and giving.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      faythef, I'll settle for three amens any old day. Thank you!

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      This is a beautiful, Awesome hub..all I can say is Amen, Amen and again I say Amen.....voting up all across except funny....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, there are many reasons why I respect you, and you just mentioned one of them. Unselfish giving out of compassion for others.....you are my friend for life.

      hugs from Olympia

      bill

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Bill for revealing # 6. My parents thought me (and my siblings) to help unconditionally and so whether that homeless person or that pan handler will only use the money I handed over for drugs or whatsoever, I did my part, which is to help. You see, it's not just about the money and I mean helping out in any other ways; in many ways in fact.

      For some, I may be a fool but the intention is clear...it is to help.

      Thank you. This profound and very powerful hub is going out there...voting up and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone understood this lesson of life. Give and you shall receive. How simple...how valuable....how non-existent at times in today's world. Every man for himself and damn the consequences.

      Thank you dear lady! You are appreciated.

      love,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another great hub ;which I can relate to !!!

      I think that H.O.W. is becoming a part of everyday now.

      I am a couple of days late with last week's blog but it should be published by tomorrow!!!

      Do you know I am pleased to be able to say with no guilty conscience at all.

      A service to others is just what everyone need to set their minds straight and for them to realise that they are not the only one suffering !!I'm afraid I do not have a lot of time for life's 'attention seekers'.

      The caring commodity in this country can be none existent at times. Old age pensioners too scared to put their lights or heating on because of those fast dwindling coins !!!

      Where as the Government are throwing money everywhere;all that travelling ;Is it really necessary ????I know what my answer to that is.

      Around ten years ago a Welsh housing association opened some newly built offices ;at the time I worked between them and the Youth Offending Team !!!

      Now I cannot give you an exact account of the cost, but the amount of money spent on plants in pots was unbelievable !!!!

      I remember feeling shocked or astounded at what had been spent !!!

      I( have always been a believer in that no matter what we are feeling there are so many more all over the world going through the same and very often something far worse than us.

      Another wonderful read Billy and have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, I have no experience in other nations. What I see here in the U.S. is bad enough, and the helpless are screaming for someone to give them a hand.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Another wonderful hub from you. Nothing can give you that sense of joy as helping someone.

      As for the homeless people, I always think, "There but for the grace of God go I".

      I see so many people in need here in Brazil. Many are born handicapped and are left to beg on the streets.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi and I hope those work related issues work themselves out soon.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, this is beautiful, as usual! I have also not been getting notifications so have missed a few hubs. I a trying to play catch up but as you'll see with my next hub, have been dealing with work related issues, also. Not complaining, just sayin'

      I loved this hub, voted up+ and definitely sharing! Thank you...for always putting the right things in perspective!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, they may have berated you, but I would bet they learned the lesson.

      You are a doll in the nicest sense of the word. I am honored to know you and call you my friend.

      Thank you dear lady!

      bill

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      i love the sixth secret, my friend! i was never 'taught' such lessons when i was young, and it took some...'outward' sight to realize i had something to offer others - if ONLY a hand!

      when i used to give money to homeless folks - in front of my children so they WOULD see - they used to berate me with the same old lines re; they're only going to spend it on booze, drugs, etc..

      i taught them (or attempted to) that it's not our responsibility what is done AFTER we are charitable - it only matters that we ARE!

      It doesn't matter HOW...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, it does indeed. Sharing smiles, sharing warmth, sharing compassion, it is all so worth it. Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You are so right! Helping others is such a great way of giving to others, to see a smile on the other person's face makes you want to smile too

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shruti, you are a wonderful member of Humanity One World. This world needs more people like you my young friend. Thank you!

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      shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Brilliant sir! u have spoken about the most important qualities in human life,charity and humility! great examples and I am proud to be a member of humanitity one world! thank you sir :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Rajan, until you have done it there is no way to understand the joy that comes from it. Thank you as always my friend.

      blessings,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, you were very lucky. I would love to have millions behind a service effort. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, I grew tired early on of food drives. Kids need to learn that service requires effort and sacrifice on their part and not just asking their parents to buy a dozen cans of food from Costco. :) Thank you my friend and I do believe it made a great difference.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The satisfaction of being of service to others in however small a way gives unbounded joy and lifts up one's spirits. One has to do this to experience it.

      Great job on this as always, Bill.

      Up and awesome.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I was extremely lucky to have BIG organizations behind me as I went out to help others.

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      Excellent thoughts, Bill. Something to be shared.

      I like how you wouldn't let your students just donate items that cost them nothing themselves, but instead insisted that they donate time and effort. What a difference that must have made -- for them and those they served.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I'm glad you chose here over McDonald's. :) Thank you as always. It seems like an impossible struggle sometimes, but I still believe we can make a difference.

      Blessings and a hug coming your way,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, thank you! Your kind words mean a great deal to me my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, what a great story about your mother. I would have loved to have known her. Isn't amazing that the poor always have enough to give to others? Actions speak much louder than words, don't they?

      Thank you Ruby and have a wonderful Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I know you understand this message as well as anyone. We just have to keep being the instruments of change that we want to see. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, it's something to dream about, right? :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I fought that battle several times with HP....I have no idea what happens. They suggested that I change my password and that seems to have helped for whatever reason. Anyway, thank you for always being here and have a great Sunday.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh wonderful message Bill and for some reason I am not getting updates anymore from Hubpages and for the last two days I have only found your articles later on when I am searching new articles for the day from those I follow. So that is a huge reason for not being here sooner, plus had a bit of a busy day as well. Hope you and Bev had a great Saturday and thanks as always for sharing such wonderful inspiration with all of us!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      So true Bill - if everyone just did a little bit wouldn't the whole world shine?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a great hub Bill. We lived close to the railroad tracks at one time when i was a kid and bums would always come to our house for a meal, they must have told their friends because we had quite a number and many were repeats. My mother never turned anyone away, she'd fix the food and they would eat sitting on the porch. I know without a doubt that is where i learned to give. We were poor yet shared. I know i feel good when i help someone in need today. I instilled the act of giving to my son and i am proud to report that he freely gives. He has a lot of pecan trees on his farm and he gives them away, once he offered some to a person and the person asked if he would pick them up for him, there are some lazy people around, but the good outweighs the bad..Thank's again for sharing..

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a great legacy to pass onto our kids. Your parents instilled this in you and I'm sure you've passed this along to your kids. Another great message Bill. The more we give, the more we get in return.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You li ve on through your parents, and they are sure proud of you. Yes, they taught you well, and you are are reflection of those teachings.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Awesome. The Ghandi quote nails it, Bill. Forgetting ourselves to love someone else is truly why we walk this planet...no doubt about that.

      And no, I don't need to go to Mickey Dee's as I like to come here so I have food to toss around in my brain...Thanks for sharing this one with us...

      Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you. Unfortunately I'm preaching to the choir with people like you. I hope you are having a great weekend in Arizona.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rebecca, thank you for the JFK quote. I believed it the day he said it and I still do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, Kindred, I just keep pouring this stuff out in hopes that someone listens and acts on it. If I can change one mind then I've accomplished something, don't you think? Of course you do. Thank you Linda!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you just touched on an interesting facet of society. I, too, have found that the poor are much more likely to give of their time and resources. I wonder why that is? :) Thank you. I happen to think that you rock too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, that is my belief for sure. Modeling at an early age is so important. Good for you for helping others each week. Now if we could get a few more million people to do the same. :) Thank you for a great comment and have a wonderful weekend in BC.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, I have had my own share of pity parties. I'm glad I could help you with yours. Thank you for the visit and the honesty.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think we all know WWJD.....and he would not turn his head while others suffered. :) Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The mikeLO, thank you my new friend. I will stop by and see your new hub later this afternoon.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      there is always someone who needs a helping hand and we may know them personally ..Giving is giving no matter how, who or why. You hit the high points here and it is about all of us chipping in and doing something even if for one person.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      A great Hub with a wonderful theme. What a great world it would be if we all practiced your 6 traits. This one reminds me of that JFK quote, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      This may be the most important piece you've ever written Bill. Life is about service. Nothing is more important and you said it beautifully - when we serve others, we become benefactors both in the creation of a better world and in our own self worth. Fabulous!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      What a wonderful world this could be!....I know of some commercial businesses with initiatives that give something back to the local community here, but there are also many individuals who give a lot of their spare time doing charitable work. However, I do find that it is the people who have the least who are prepared to give the most.

      great work as always, you rock.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, really interesting Hub, and as you say, one for people who don't mind deep discussion. I volunteer about 8 hours a week minimum every week of the year, and feel I receive much more than I m able to give. My parents modelled helping others who need help, and showing consideration for others in life. All my siblings are helpful and kind. So maybe this has to start from early childhood to be ingrained.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Hmmmm...I needed this today to get my self out of my own pity party. Thanks

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Touche, Bill! We must all reach out to others even if those to whom we are reaching don't accept. If we keep trying, one day we will succeed. We were not put on this earth to be human islands; we were put here to act in a Godly manner. WWJD?

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      THEmikeLO 4 years ago

      I could not agree more that we need to reach out and help those who are less fortunate that we are. Not only can volunteering bring us joy and help us realize how blessed we are, but it also brings those who we are helping joy. If you cannot share your blessings, you might as well not have them. I truly enjoyed reading this hub, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I'm not sure we will ever reach the ones who need this lesson the most. Thanks my Dunedin Dynamo, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jainismus, you speak the truth my friend. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, all we can do is all we can do. We keep raising awareness, keep reaching out, keep spreading the word, and maybe we can make a difference. It feels like rolling a boulder uphill sometimes, but if it were easy it wouldn't' be any fun, right? :) Thanks buddy! Keep up the good work and I'll do the same.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Everyone suffers to some extent. It's the human condition. We do ourselves a big favor when we lose the filter that judges whether or not someone deserves our kindess or charity (even the wealthy need charity, even if it's not the material kind). I think people would be a lot happier if they would understand this.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub, I have learned a lot of things from it. I remembered Mother Teressa and her humanitarian service while reading it.

      When you serve others, you serve yourself. When you serve yourself only, you are greedy.

      Thank you for sharing. Voted up and shared with followers.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Great hub here budd, it shows that you care for the likes of all others, which is the least anyone can do today. Humanity has a true cause for sure and that is to help one another, and you have been doing an awesome job rallying many other to do much more of the same.

      I hope your new H.O.W. online organization can grow and flourish to do much more even on the ground and worldwide, because the lord knows we all need help, and as much as we can get bro.

      Powerful hub that tells the tale for sure, of helping your brother from another mother, and not just saying good things, or writing about it neither. Nice!

      Thumbs up and out, keep up the good work Bill, I'm doing much of the same with other methods and all. My work has extended onto the local community I love at today, and that is what counts for sure! and besides what we're trying to do online.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I have no doubt that you will do your part. Unfortunately, this hub will only reach those who already do more than their share of good works.

      Thank you and I wish you a great weekend in Boston.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, that is beautifully put my friend. I have nothing to add to it.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, somewhere, somehow, we have forgotten as a society our calling as human beings. Greed and complacency are the demons of today's society and it must end.

      Thank you as always. I hope you are having a wonderful day so far.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, let's hope indeed that many more people learn to serve others. We will all benefit from it.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I do not understand it and I never will. It is so easy to help others. The smallest act of kindness can mean so much to someone who does not experience kindness. Hopefully this will reach others.

      Thank you as always my friend, and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dwachira, oftentimes I write hubs like this to remind myself of my responsibilities to others. it is so easy to forget. We get wrapped up in our own lives and forget that there are others who are much worse off than we are.

      Thank you for visiting my friend.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      If everyone reached out to others, the world would be a better place. I will do my best to do so. Great hub, as usual, Bill. Have a wonderful weekend, my Olympian friend :)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      To each soul is attached a body. The body is not simply to give us pleasure. The body has been attached to the soul, so that mam could do good works for other bodies and souls. Great hub Bill

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      An excellent hub with an important message. "True humanitarianism is achieved only when we do service for no other reason than to simply help another person." I agree with your points. Voting up useful and awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Unfortunately, many pay lip service rather than perform true service....let's hope that more people get out there and really serve in what ways they can.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, your message is simple, clear, understandable and helpful. Now why don't more people in this world have this pasted on their foreheads? We only get one chance, as you say. We should not waste it wrapped up in ourselves.

      I have often wondered why those that can afford to help others take the easy way out and do not give of themselves. On the other hand, those that have little or nothing to offer but themselves give the most. And I think that it all boils down to how the rich and famous became just that--self involvement.

      This was a truly AWESOME MESSAGE, my friend. I have voted Up across the board and hope that this reaches around the world!

      Pearl

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Bill,

      Sometimes we become selfish and forget that others have more problems than us. We pride in ourselves. we pretend not to understand why others have no food, cloth or shelter. We just play ignorance and only think about us and hardly about others. If we just extend love to others, this world would have been a better place to live in. If we only extend service to other because we want but not because we expect something in return. Thanks Bill for reminding us about this, voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith my dear, indeed Christ taught us service very early on in his ministry. It is a lesson many have forgotten and thus I feel compelled to raise awareness about it over and over again.

      Blessings and love, today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, I agree of course! IN today's world we must find a way to help others or I fear all is lost.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Pickles! I would venture to guess that it began then, reaching out to others naturally. I know that's how it all started for me and it is still with me.

      Thank you and have a great Saturday.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Bill, is a most beautiful hub on serving others, which we are called to do.

      In His Word, God tells us in Matthew 25: 31-46 about the sheep and the goats, and serving the "Least of These." When when do not give them a drink of water, clothing, etc., then we do not do it to Him, as when one does go out into the streets, one will see His face.

      Very important message for the world to hear this day!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy, you quote Gandhi in this hub. Gandhi gave emphasis to service. According to him, serving humanity meant serving God. In this age of consumerism, we must follow his teaching.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thought provoking Billybuc! I believe in service too, but you make me ponder when I started to feel this way. As children, we did not have much money and neighbors just reached out to help one another, for we all needed it sometimes. Maybe it was my simple life that helped me in ways I never knew. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ah yes, Jim, it does indeed.

      I hope you are well my friend; enjoy your Saturday and thank you!

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      Jim Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Calls to mind Matthew 22:36-39 rather nicely.