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Giving Back

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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It is sort of fitting to have an article about giving on such a beautiful and loving day!

"From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life."
—Arthur Ashe

All of my previous articles have been about how you can empower yourself. I have worked with you to understand deep ways to improve, strengthen, and motivate yourself. Now let's take a moment to talk about another powerful tool that many people overlook. Giving Back! That's right ... You heard it here ... I'm suggesting that you should find ways to share with others. You may have heard that teaching is one of the best ways to learn. Well, I firmly believe this. And, I will take it a step further and even admit that I have learned more over a short period of time as I share my story, knowledge, and experiences than everything I’ve studied or been taught. On top of the learning that I find on my own by teaching, I also have found that each time I share a story or lesson I get two or even three in return. It really is amazing how (like karma) the things you do come back to find you again.

A few articles ago I was talking about gratitude, and I believe that sharing with others fits into that niche. When we are truly thankful for what we have received we are more willing to share with others. Our hearts are opened as we concentrate on the things we have to be grateful for. Look into your heart, find what you are thankful for and then open your mind to ideas and ways that you can share the love with others. They say that information is power, and I do not believe that in today’s information technology age that this is true (see my previous post about KFD=R). However, I do believe that information and knowledge is powerful and it should be freely given by others. In this way, I think we can improve the world!

My mom used to tell me, "what goes around comes around." I'm a fan of saying, "sometimes you get what comes around, and sometimes you ARE what goes around." In this way, I think the statement is a bit more powerful. I mean, do I simply want to sit around waiting for "what's coming around?" Or, do I want to be a part of the bigger picture and actually be what is going around?" I choose to be a part of the solution. In this case, the solution is giving back to the community.

We have spent a lot of time on this blog building our knowledge, improving our skills, and making ourselves better people. Now I challenge you to go forth with this information and make the world a better place. Take what you've learned and share it with others who may not be as fortunate as you!

In addition, you can find places where you can help (hospitals, churches, shelters, communities, and so on). Make yourself available to these places and offer your services (regardless of how small or big your service may be). I am pretty sure that you will find yourself surprised at the amount of goodwill that comes back to you as you give unto others.

Remember ... Teachers Learn More than Students!

So now that you have learned how to do the war of the body, and how to improve your fitness, enhance your positive attitude, deal with anything life throws at you, and countless other things we've discussed on my blog ... Why not share this information with others? Perhaps you know someone who is in need of a helping hand ... Maybe you know someone who is down on their luck ... Could be that you know someone dealing with a life threatening illness ... Mayhap you know of an organization or local charity where you could speak or assist in some way ... Regardless of what it is, JUST DO IT!

To paraphrase a famous (and one of my favorite) parable, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day ... If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."

This saying is just as powerful today as it was 2,000 years ago!!!

Here is one final quote to motivate you into a life of giving and serving:

"Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Go forth young men and women, and make the world a better place!

Your friend, and guide,
V

p.s. This post is a chapter in my blog-book, The Secret to Longevity. Checkout my similar posts here: http://hivlongevity.com/the-secret. Or, follow the goodie trail:
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Posted by Vaughn Ripley