How can I help you

Not gonna win the lottery …

Not gonna have a ship that comes in outta nowhere …

No rich uncles to bail me out …

No precious gems buried under my backyard …

I guess I’m going to have to earn my keep …

same as millions who’ve gone before:

Do some good for other folks, and

Create something they can value or use.

To be of worth: The wise man said you can have anything you want in this life, if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want. It’s as simple, and as complicated as all that.

“What value can I add to the world today?” Not “What can I sell someone?”

They are different ways of saying the same thing with a different focus: How can I help you? What can I sell you? What can we give each other? What can we share?

How can I help you? — such a common question, and yet, sincerely intended, it’s the foundation of all peace and prosperity.

Peace and prosperity? Of course, because people who have what they need are not interested in disrupting lives, theirs or anybody else’s. People who have what they want are, by definition, prosperous.

Creating value for one’s neighbors — and defining everyone as our neighbors — is the road to peace. Seizing value without a fair exchange? That’s how wars begin.

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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