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How to make H.O.W. work

Updated on May 11, 2014

I spent the past couple of days, as many of my hubpage peers have, reading and contributing to this beautiful new cause, initiated by billybuc, Bill Holland. Bill is already a leading force amongst many of us here, so it was not difficult to "jump on the bandwagon" with him. As I read, I am in awe, not only of the talent of these contributors but of the wealth of ideas and depth of committment. To see for yourself, check out our Facebook page. This whole idea got me thinking. Humanity One World. Often when we think about changing the world, we think grand scale. Truthfully, as amazing as that is, it is overwhelming and idealistic. I am, for one, pretty idealistic but I can also be very realistic. So, realistically speaking, how can each and every one of us do our part for H.O.W.?

Changing the world one small act at a time.

Do you remember when you were young and your "eyes were bigger than your stomache"? My parents would order one meal at a restaurant for my sister and I to share. Oh, how we would protest! You know, we never even finished our half of a meal! Sometimes, as individuals, we try to take on more than we can handle. We look at poverty and hunger and bigotry and we want to change it all, make it all better. Yet, it seems like quite a challenge, a major undertaking. Sometimes we bite off more than we can chew. How wonderful that we are in a community that allows us to share the burden! We don't have to finish it by ourselves and just imagine how much more we can do together.

"A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the commom good."~Barbara Jordan

We don't have to make grand gestures to be a help

Many people worry that they aren't doing anything or aren't doing enough. I bet if you sit back and take inventory of all the generous things you do in a day, you would be surprised. How many doors do you hold open? How many "his "how are yous?" to strangers have you said? How many words of praise and encouragement have you used? How many times did you say, "How can I help?" All of these are examples of humanity. If each of us practices even these very simple gestures (and most of us do) we are already helping our world. When we answer a child's question, when we move for faster traffic to pass, when we pick up litter on the street, we are helping the world to be a better place. When we teach our children the difference between wrong and right, when we are thankful, when we are less wasteful, we are helping the world. We don't have to constantly look for the grand gestures, we just have to recognize the worthy ones.

Small and easy ways that we can help.

Appeals for money reach us on a daily basis, sometimes more than once a day. not everyone can give freely. I have never had cash to spare but I believe in tithes. I can give a percent of what I earn or what I have. I have always had a small payroll deduction for my pet charity, OneSight. When I never had it in my pocket, I don't feel it's loss. I also like to add the dollar at the grocery store and Petsmart. They are causes that matter to me and when I am already spending money on groceries, I don't "feel" that extra dollar or two. Also in the grocery store, I look for products that give back.The ones that give a donation with my purchase. This way, I am not spending more than I can afford and not buying things that I wouldn't be buying any wayyet I am still helping. You can be sure I'll buy the yogurt with the pink breast cancer ribbon displayed on it or any boxtops for education, too!

Donate your time or services!

And then there is our time. Most of us can spare some time to volunteer, to lend a hand. We can be a part of something big or something small. We can join in existing foundations or we can form our own. If you have been following this series, many of our hub authors have written about programs or ideas that we can do to make everyone's world a little brighter. We want so much to change the world that we forget how much of an imprint each and everyone of us can make on the world in so many different ways. Every "I appreciate you" and "You made a difference" go a long way. Just because someone's job is to help, it doesn't mean they don't deserve gratitude. Nurses, doctors, teachers, preachers all appreciate being told that what they have said or done has made a difference. A simple, I noticed you! Every hub that I have read on here has valuable information that we can all learn from.

H.O.W hubs for the holidays!

Since we are right at the beginning of the holiday season, these hubs talk about some of the things we can do at this time of year.

Rusticliving wrote about how to help create a special Christmas for needy families,

These are just a few of the many amazing writers who contributed, which leads me to my last idea.....

Be the voice!

We are all ambassadors of our countries. We have a voice and we can use it. Talk to people, tell them what you are doing and why. Give them examples. Share experiences. Write about it. And write it again! Just get it out there! In Bill's original hub, How do we cure social ills?, which oddly, I just found tonight, he appeals not just for ways to do the actual giving but for ways to get it out there, to bring it to the right people's attention. My friends, that is what we do best...we write. We can advocate through our words and get them out there. we can continue to band together and grow. And as we grow our ideas, we can divide and multiply by sharing these pages to our individual websites, social media sites, twitter, etc. We can link and ping our way into recognition. By accepting this responsibility, we acknowledge that we are the voice of H.O.W.

"Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change."~Ingrid Bengis

Please watch the following video to see how important choosing the right words can be!

The power of our words, choose them wisely

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great adding Randu. This Project is taking momentum and we all owe to Bill! Thanks!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you....I really like what you are doing, too!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Randi - Good post. I've been away the last few days and it's good to see things working well in the movement. Great job!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You did a great job on this Randi. You truly got the point across. This is a great project but we all have to keep it alive. Thanks for taking the time. Voted Up and of course sharing.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Another wonderful post, Randy! Great reminder..... I hope H.O.W causes a big wave around the world :) it's a great movement! Sharing......

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      Susan Keeping 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      This project is renewing my faith. So many people today seem to lack in empathy and it's a loss to our entire society. One person can change the world.

      As my hero Robert F. Kennedy said

      “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. ”

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Randi, another excellent hub! "By accepting this responsibility, we acknowledge that we are the voice of H.O.W."

      That's such a powerful word - WE. You have added even more ideas that I will start using today. Thank you!

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      Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge

      You have written a wonderful hub and given so much relevant information about H.O.W and many wonderful ideas for making our world a much better place. I'm proud to be part of this movement with so many people who know, the change is up to us!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is an awesome hub! I love the way everyone here works together to get movements like this on their way. I am going back to the very first of these hubs and I am going to share each one of them on all the social networks that I use. I shall "pay attention" during my day today and see what I can do to change the world today! Voting up, awesome and sharing everywhere! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You have done so well here, Randi. I am proud to be your friend and proud to walk this walk with you. Thank you so much for believing in this cause. You are special!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Richard, thank you, I knew I hadn't seen you in a few days! So glad you are back! we need your voice!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! As always, very hapy to see you here! Thank you for your generous comments, voting and sharing! It is a worthy cause!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, LaThing! I hope it does too! Iam amazed by the outpouring so far! so nice to see you here and I greatly appreciate the kind words and share!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I just stared a forum with some suggestions on how to tie this movement together more tightly. Here's the link:

      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/106580

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Welcome, Uninvited Writer! (almost an oxymoron!) Yes, this is a heartwarming project. I don't think I realized when I started writing, how many people would jump to it! I love the quote, thank you, so apropo! It has been said a million times in a million different ways but if we each take care of our own little corner of the world, we can move on to the bigger things, together! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This hub is a sparkling jewel within the case we are presenting. I have such enormous respect and admiration for each and every writer, using their talents, wisdom and compassion to join in this project. Let's continue to help one another with ideas and action.........Peace .

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Alex, thank you! I was feeling kind of powerful when I wrote it! How not to with so many talented people all coming together for a common cause!? I do appreciate your support!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Poohgranma,I couldn't agree more! Thank you so much for reading and your generous comments! This is an amazing project and I hope we can keep up the momentum!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah, sgbrown, you are Amazing! Thank you for reading and your beautiful comments. You can add generosity to your list! thank you for sharing!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, you have done an amazing job getting this out there. I am proud and honored to be a part!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you mperrottet! Will check it out!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      fpherj, Thank you so much for your kind and generous words! This is such an inspiring plan, thanks to Bill! I agree, let's continue to help one another for this worthy cause!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Just in time and perfect for Christmas season (a hearty gesture to humanity and never stops here), this hub is well praised for every moment, every day, every right move we must make to make more people realize how important it is to make the World go round.

      In return, our hearts sing when we are praised through a good deed, even the simplest of ways that makes "that person" appreciate you.

      Awesome write, btrbell!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Tess! Long time no see! I hope all is good in your world! Thank you so much for reading and your kind words! Take care! Sending you love and warm wishes your way!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow another amazing hub.. on HOW.. You really are awesome to put this together.. I am so proud of each one that has participated and trying so hard to contribute

      God bless you all

      and thank you , thank you

      Debbie

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Deborah for reading and your always generous comments. Isn't funny, as you read each one, you think of so many more things you can add! This is a great effort! Thank you for reading!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Wonderful and beautiful video about the blind man. You are showing us how to make changes with using the right words. I'm thinking of Bill's PIPO when I read this. This all began with Bill. You have written an awesome H.O.W hub! Voting and sharing. :)

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      What a moving video the last one is. I have recently been reading books about business and positive thinking and the line that always keeps appearing is one that Zig Ziglar said “You can have anything you WANT in life if you will help enough other people get what they WANT."

      Every morning we should get up and think. What can I do today to help somebody else. It is a great motivator.

      Great article.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Made, Thank you so much. I came upon that video a couple of years ago and can never quite get it out of my head. It says so much! Thank you for reading and commenting. Bill is amazing. What he has done here is so valuable! Thank you for your votes and for sharing!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I agree with you and Zig Ziglar, Blond Logic. Have you ever noticed that whenever you go out of your way for someone, even if they don't personally respond, something good comes up elsewhere. thank you for reading and commenting!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Yes, I remember when my eyes were bigger than my stomach when in my youth. At 40, I still feel that sometimes. I am lucky to have food, shelter, and loved ones. I would be on the street w/ mental illness(I do) without them. Bill inspired me to go out and volunteer this weekend. actually all of the HOW writers did! I will write about it next week. Thank you for writing this...amazing read!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Audra Leigh, thank you for reading and your generous comments. I think Bill inspired us all toat least think. I am finding myself thinking about things I can do instead of my typical wants and needs!I am looking forward to reading about your volunteer experience! BTW, welcome to hubpages!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      btrbell, the power of words is the beginning. Putting words into action will make a difference. You've already begun! More power to the world because you are a giver!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Bravewarrior! I appreciate your reading and your generous comments!

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for publishing this excellent Hub. I enjoyed reading it. Well done!

      James :-)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, James for stopping by and reading! I appreciate your kind comments!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Lovely and powerful. Thank you for making H.O.W stronger and sharing it. Giving H.O.W. to people will help others to pass it on and on!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Michelle for reading and your encouraging comments! with the outpouring of hubs that have been written, I sure hope it will perpetuate and make some changes!

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      Excellent tribute to people who take the time out of their ordinary day to give some part of themselves whether small or big to make somebody else's life better or brighter. Thanks for sharing. Voted++++

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much for your great comments and votes. I am a bit embarrassed to say that aside from all the good that I hope H.O.W. is doing I am enjoying the fact that it is also allowing me to meet some wonderful hubbers like you!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      We can all start with something small, BtrBell! Thanks for sharing this too!! WIll pass the ideas along!!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, midget38 for reading and your generous comments! I appreciate your sharing!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This hub is so uplifting and supportive. It takes the time to point out what we are already doing....gives us a little pat on the back when we need it most to continue the journey to a perfect world! Loved it!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      tillsontitan, thank you so much! I just wanted to let peopkle know that we don't have to measure or comp[are what we do, we just have to do it! Thank you for your generous comments and votes!

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      Sondra 4 years ago from Neverland

      "Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change."~Ingrid Bengis

      I love the quote your chose for your Hub. We can be the voice, we can advocate and we can cure social ills one step at a time. You dont get from here to there without taking that first tiny step. We will get there :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Ardie....for visiting, reading and sharing another great quote!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Randi,

      Your contribution here speaks volumes to this movement and exactly how each one of us, just during our regular routine of our day, can always do something. Very powerful write here. You are very wise.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Great one Randi! I can see the H.O.W initiative is working and it's getting there with people like you.

      I like the last video clip...the power of words, indeed!

      Up and sharing and pinning.

      Love from the sky~

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Faith Reaper....thank you so much for your beautiful and generous words! You are too kind!~ How is your mother doiing? I hope much better! Thank you for the votes and share!

      Randi

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Cris....for reading and your always warm comments! I love that last video and am afraid I overuse it sometimes! Thank you for sharing, voting and pinning! xoxo

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      My mother has been move to yet another room in a less critical area, and she only has to have the low dose oxygen! So she is slowly getting stronger and well. Thank you for asking. You are such a lovely and kind person and I am so glad I met you via HP.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I am so happy for you, Faith! I hope she continues to do better! What a lovely Christmas gift for you! I am so happy to have met you, as well! Hibpages has truly been a blessing!

      Randi

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a wonderful hub! You added one of my favorite songs and it is so appropriate for this hub. This is such an important movement. Well done!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, tammyswallow, for reading and commenting! I am glad you enjoyed this!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      ya know...i've been watching lately and - something as small as a smile directed towards someone that is used to not being seen...or not being smiled at..maybe i'm selfish, but - even that gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling..didn't someone once say that a smile can light up the world? It's a small but meaningful way to start - it's a question of awareness. Do YOU see those in need?

      Great hub, Randi..love your heart and passion girl!

      voting up and sharing forward - and HOW!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I agree, Leslie! A smile is critical! One of the things I love about living here in Az, is that most people have a ready smile. Thank you so much for reading, commenting, voting and sharing

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Thanks so much for suggesting what we're already doing, that we validate what we do and let small steps be OK. I think it's so easy to get burned out by the overwhelm of it all. This is a really important message.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Louisa. I kind of wrote this thinking 2 things...1..we don't give credit for the little things that may seem like nothing but can affect someone else dramatically and 2...If we are not already doing those little things, we can easily teach ourselves to do them! I agree, life can be crazy overwhelming sometimes!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi brtbell

      Your suggestions for making H.O.W. work are wonderful.

      Grand gestures are not necessary. If we all contribute even in a small way, we can make a big difference.

      I appreciate and sincerely thank you for your contribution to H.O.W.

      Voted up and sharing

      Take care :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Sue! I couldn't agree more. We are all so conscious of "how big" or "how much", that we forget"how to" Thank you so much for voting and sharing! Ireally appreciate it!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Each of us doing our little thing can make this work...as you have so skillfully pointed out. I have a deep abiding faith in my fellow men and women that we can bring a change across our land and across the world. Thank you for this excellent statement for H.O.W.

      Sending Angels to you and yours :) ps

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Pam, thank you so much for stopping by and your wonderful comments. I think that we all forget sometimes that a warm smile and a kind word can be all we need sometimes to be the change for someone! Appreciate those angels! I hope everyone is feeling well by you!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub Randi; Bill's cause can only get better and stronger.

      I vote this gem up,across and share all around.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Eddy, thank you so much! I really appreciate your comments, votes and sharing! Have a wonderful day and a beautiful weekend!

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      Princess Clark 4 years ago from The DMV

      I absolutely love this hub. My entire practice is built on eradicating worry from our lives, especially financial ones. Imagine if everyone did their part, used their gifts to influence and support others how much better off our world be. I know when people have enough money to provide for their everyday living expenses they free themselves up to help others. Each person can make a difference.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Princess, I really appreciate your comments! It is really nice when people understand that it isn't all about money (although that is great, too!)

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      This is great and the photos really show it up. Great job.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Pollyannalana! I appreciate it!

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