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What Does It Mean To Share ?

Updated on March 18, 2011

I Thought It Was Going To Be Easy

When growing up as early as I can remember

I was told to share

Let someone else play with something you have and they might let you do the same

Everyone who shares is so much better off

Not to share is to be selfish and you don't want to be like that

So I have understood and respected the unwritten rules of life

I was the youngest of four boys and often I had hand me downs

To me it just seemed cool to have what my older brothers had

I never cared if it was new

I thought I was lucky to borrow it

I always took care of what I used and expected others to do the same with my things

Sometimes I found it was far from the truth

People want to borrow what you have but don't respect what you have

Why would someone not take care of something that they borrowed ?

They wouldn't be able to use it if it wasn't for you ?

It is no use to you at the moment why not let them borrow it

But when you get it back and it is broke

I say it wasn't that way when you got it

Sure it was

It is my word against yours

This is silly

So next time I won't let you borrow it

O.k. with me

Now I have to pay to get it fixed

It is not right

Then my mother said to me

I wouldn't of let them borrow it in the beginning

What ?

You are changing the rules after forty years

You can't do that

You taught me right

Why weren't other people taught the same way

I don't understand

I don't think I will never understand

I don't care if it is a book,a pen,tools,car,clothes etc..

A world without sharing is a world without caring

I was brought up to be better than that

So those who share please repect the other persons wishes

 They let you borrow what was theirs and still is theirs

Use it like it's your own

This might be the reason you don't have one

Just a friend telling a friend

Sharing is fun and should be done

This is not a world where everyone must have their own of everything

It is a world where we can all share and enjoy much more pleasure than I could ever dream


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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Joy56 I am sure once you get the ball rolling your terrific stories will follow.I love your poems and your writings.I don't know why you don't give yourself credit where credit is do.You are very giving and it is in your nature.Now you are experiencing a tough time and you are a little down.Look at what you want in life and keep striving for it.I think you need a little pep talk.Tea time you call it your place or mine.Always be someone you and your mom would be proud of.I know you are full of surprises and your full potential is always peeking through the dark clouds.Have a good day.It is so nice to see you again.Thank you for your thoughts.

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      8 years ago

      hi i have come to share my thoughts about sharing.... don't do it, be a little more selfish......... if only i had been more selfish, i think i would have benifited..... Writing again, but not great i have to say, just throwing a few words out there, like you do, ya know.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Dim Flaxenwick Sometimes people have to go without before they realize.I don't have to go that far.I just want to enjoy now what we all have and then we both don't have to wait.Win/win for everyone.Thank you so much.We can only hope and pray the people in the world will see how easy it can be if we just try a little harder and think smarter.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      If everyone could take this to heart, what a wonderful world it would be..... Beautiful. Thankyou. x

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Okmom23 I hope we all can going back to sharing more and helping others.It is so nice to help others with the simple things that really make a difference.Thanks for reading.

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      Donna Oliver 

      8 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Thank you for writing this article! Great hub, voted up.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Darlene Sabella I think many children grow up today having many of their own things from cell phones and computer games.When I was young I was glad just to use the phone and If I had any kind of game it was a family game even though it was mine for a Christmas gift or birthday gift.I was just the lucky person to get it first.Share and share some more.It is never to late to teach good values that should be used by everyone.Kennynext I love the way you see the big picture.The whole world is affected.If we start small we can change the world.Things take time.Recycling is like sharing.We use something today for a good purpose and later many other people use the same thing for a different purpose.Eiddwen I would love to share with you and so many others who agree life is so much better sharing and giving others the gift that we have so we can all enjoy.Barbergirl28 I think there are more of us that know how to share that can teach others the simple mistakes they make.I don't know anyone that doesn't want there things taken care of and the people that don't take care of others stuff don't want there things ruined either.I think maybe they were burned bad in the past and they say I don't care.It happened to me.Two rongs don't make it right.Rhonda Waits I am so glad to hear I am not the only one that has an issue with people sharing.Thanks everyone for all your wonderful comments and please feel free to share this hub with anyone who wants to begin a life of sharing and enjoying the pleasures of sharing from other people who would be proud to share with them.

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      Rhonda Musch 

      8 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      A great hub. However most people do bring things back broken or not at all. Just trust your heart. Go by your instinct. To share or not to share that is the question here. Good luck with this. Take care. Voted up.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

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      Stacy Harris 

      8 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I agree. People should share. But then the person isn't responsible enough to respect your property. That makes you no longer want to share. And that is a sad world to be in! Nice hub!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      8 years ago from Wales

      This is beautiful and so very true !!

      What is so hard about sharing and respecting?? It seems that so many of us who are members of this loving community do just this.

      However there are those in this world who have no respect for anything or anybody, it's almost as if they think that the world owes them so much.

      I feel sorry for these people and thank god that so many of us are different and also far happier. !!

      Thank you for these beautiful words and the gift that you have of being able to bring them to life !!

      I push all th buttons here.

      Take care,


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      8 years ago from Everywhere

      We share the the most important thing of all, the planet. And like everything else, some take care of it while others abuse it. Thank you for a great article.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Very nice, and yes my mother always told me to share, and share and share, I do it, you learn as you grow older who you can share with and who you can't share with. It when you become wise, then you know the kind of people you can say yes to. So just follow your instict and trust those that can be trusted. Thank you for this great thought. rate up up love & peace darski


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