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The Essence of Giving

Updated on July 31, 2016

"The kind of giving that provides real value does not go on sale at the end of the year. In fact, it's not even for sale."

Humanity One World speaks not only for me or for them but for everybody else, helping each other comes up with good things and ideas that could benefit the human race.

Inspired by Sir Bill Holland, this community has gone so far in sharing many ideas and thoughts and some of it have put into actions.

I believe that every little thing that you do to others matter - it's the little things that really makes a difference!

You don’t have to say that you're just one small person with a little voice so much to be heard by other people. You are one great part of this world. As they say, to the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.

I would like to share a story that I've read a long time ago. I searched the net for the complete one but unfortunately, I cannot find it. So I did my best to remember the details of this inspirational story.

Some of you might have read this and knows it by heart. Just bear with me if my revision is not quite accurate. My only goal is to share the essence of loving a family, may it be your parents, brother or sisters or relatives.

"Believe that what you do matters and will make a difference in people's lives. You don’t have to save the world in one stroke but you can make a difference one person at a time."

Read more: H.O.W: It's the Little Things that Make a Big Difference

A young man was driving his new car on the street. He picked a poor man out straight from a pharmacy, the one who bought medicines, to share a ride with him.

"Hi!" he said. "Want to ride on my new car? Hop in and I'll drive you home."

The young man looked at the man who was holding some bottles of medicines and pity him. He knew that he was only poor and he was so eager to share a story about his expensive gift. On their way, the poor man praises the new car.

"Wow, this is such a beautiful car! I hope I can afford to buy a car like this." he said. The young man, smiled and said, "Oh, this is only a gift from my brother for my birthday."

He then looked at the face of the poor man beside him, with the cheery glow of admiration.

"Wow!" the poor man said again. The young man smiled again and thought that maybe this poor man wished that he could have a brother like his brother. But his thoughts was cut when suddenly the poor man blurted out,

"I wished I could be a brother like that!"

After the right turn, the poor man motioned that they already reached his house. He thanked the young man for his kindness and he asked for another request.

"I have another request though; can you just stay for a minute? I would like my brother to see the kind young man and his beautiful car."

The young man looked flattered and thought that maybe the poor man would brag the ride to his brother and would share that he only got it as a gift. So he said, "Sure."

The poor man ran to his house and after a minute he was with his brother. His brother was sitting on a wheelchair. The poor man then point to his brother the kind young man who gave him a lift and he added,

"Look buddy, his brother gave him his new car. I wished I could give you something beautiful too for your birthday."

When the young man heard it, he was embarrassed by the way he thinks about this man. The love and care for his brother was very deep.

He then stepped out of the car and invited both of them to ride with him in his car and enjoy the day.


How many people think the way this man thinks? He wanted to be the brother who can give and not the brother who receives.

Not only we learn new things by delving into other's story but also we learn to appreciate things we were blind to see at first. We failed to appreciate a lot in our life like blessings. But if we just take the time to let our hearts see the things our eyes refused to see, then we'll know how much blessed we are. And by that, we also share to others what we have learned.

Many people nowadays just wanted to receive something. And when you have no more to give, they shunned you away. I've seen people even if they're family that they always count even the cents they give.

What happened to the world?

Where is the loving heart we have for our family?

Jesus says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive".

Why it is much blessed to give rather to receive things from others?

All I know is one thing: You are more fortunate to have more, you are luckier you have an extra to share and to help others especially those you love the most.

When I was young, I always asked why we give alms to others, why we give money to families who grieves on the death of one of their family member or why we give gifts or foods to other who was in hospitals when we also don’t have enough money for our needs. But my mom always says that we are much luckier because we're in good health or we're fortunate enough to have money for food.

So I guess that the reason why we have to give is very simple. We are given more so we can share to others who have less especially to our family. Our family is the one who will stick with us when times get rough.

Instead of counting what we give, why don’t we start counting our blessings instead?

I am fortunate enough to know and to have a family. But sometimes, my heart hurts to see that out of jealousy and envy, these family bonds we have cared from the start started to break.

I just wished that people would learn to appreciate each other and learn how to give and share without hesitation and not just take and take.

Why don’t we think outside the box and push greed away from us?

Always remember that “God prospers us not to raise our standard of living, but our standard of giving”.

Wishing everybody to have a blessed day.

© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.


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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Essence of Giving so beautifully thought of and written so much to think about from this hub

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Dear Helen. Thank you so much for remembering me and dropping by to say hi. How are you now? So what happened on your j-hunting? Wish you all the good lucks! been wanting to email you lately to tell you some stuffs.. take good care always and i mis yah.

      ps: what you said above is so true. i really do agree with you.

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      5 years ago

      Dear M, this was a very good article....thanks for writing it....I agree, that God prospers us so that we can help others, not so we can get richer and hoard the money or just spend it on ourselves....Jesus wants us to share what we have been blessed with, because everything we have is from Him, it's only on loan to us while we are here on the earth....everything belongs to God, not us......Hope that you have been well M.....I haven't had too much time to be at Hub Pages, but I thought of you and wanted to say hello! take good care and I pray for God's blessings for you.....(I also said hello to James a few min.ago)



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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Rema! Thank you so much for the read. I agree with what you've said about giving.

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      Rema T V 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      What a beautiful hub unknown spy! Just loved the story of the poor man who wanted to be the brother who 'gave'.

      Giving (especially when you do so without any expectation) increases our happiness and there is no doubt that those who learn to give generously will also receive their share of everything-if you love someone truly you will get many times that love and so on.

      Keep up the good work! Sharing this hub. Cheers, Rema.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I couldnt agree more Nancy. Very true.

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      Nancy Yager 

      5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Sometimes the material things just aren't that important.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much Eddy. Happy New Year to you and to your family!

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      5 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful story unknownspy and so appropriate for Bill's H.O.W cause.

      I vote up,across and share all around.

      Have a wonderful day.


    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      @Pamela, Janine, Mary, Sha, Healthwealth, B leekley, Bill, Ish, Paula, Anna, Audrey, Tom, Deb, Mhatter, Gypsy, Eddy, Made, Ruchira, Tlpoague, Carter,

      I love reading all your takes and opinions too about giving without expecting anything in return.. i love reading all your messages. Thank you so much.

      Happy New Year!!

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      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This is a really inspiring story and you did great to remember great if we all thought like the poor man and the love he had for his brother!! Thanks for sharing this unknown, so worthy of many votes...happy NY ...cheers

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      5 years ago from USA

      I have never heard this story before, but found it to be inspiring. It is an ugly world when people expect to receive something for their "good" deed. When I started crocheting again, it was priceless to see the look on someone's face when I gave them a gift. I didn't expect anything in return but their enjoyment. (It saddened me though to later see someone toss it off to the side like it was junk. Why not give it to someone else if they didn't want it?)

      You have my vote and I will be sure to pass this on to others. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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      5 years ago from United States

      I agree...the joy in giving is pure and bliss.

      Loved your views on this. voted up and sharing it across :)

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      Madeleine Salin 

      5 years ago from Finland

      That is a great story. It feels good to give. Voting and sharing! :)

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      5 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful and I vote up,across and share all around.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. You are so right. If more people got into the spirit of giving to those who need help this world would be a much better place.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      I believe a great change is coming. You may well be part of it.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Awesome and up, Mycee. That is truly the way that we should all think. It is nicer to share the simple things in life, as opposed to those things that have no meaning at all.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, such a wonderful hub and story with a very important message . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      I am thinking much now about the idea of extending oneself and what that means for me and for others--timely for me to read this!

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      Anna Sternfeldt 

      5 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      A lovely message!

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      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Spy....Bravo to you for this wonderful hub, with a touching and inspirational story within. I appreciate the thought and love you injected into this message for your readers...UP+++

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A fantastic hub with a beautiful story, thoughtful views and a meaningful message! Way to go!

      Happy New Year to you & your family!

      Thanks for SHARING. Pressed all the buttons except funny(sorry). Voted up and shared

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Such a beautiful hub and story. Well done, Myz, and thank you again for adding to the H.O.W. movement.

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      Brian Leekley 

      5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thanks for the inspiring story and reflections. Up, Useful, Interesting, and Beautiful.

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      Ruth R. Martin 

      5 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Lovely thoughts and truthful, inspiring message. I love giving things to others, and my 6 yr. old daughter does too. The thing I am trying to teach her is that we need to give without expecting anything back. It is still hard for her to grasp why others aren't giving to her when she gives to them... "it is more blessed to give than to receive"....

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a wonderful message, Spy! The last line says it all.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Truly a beautiful story teaching so much on so many levels! "Love is all we need" no matter what we have...and giving to others always makes us feel better. I had never heard this story before. Thanks for sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful message in the end and loved the short story you shared here with us. It is true about greed and trying to be just happy with what we have. Have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love your last statement in the hub. We always get more back when we give in so many ways. Appreciating what we have is also important. Very good hub.


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