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good life by wendy howe


Part of cultivating a good life is being able to recognize how service equals happiness – whether giving service or being the recipient. 

We all experience hardship in our lives. Whether it be a physical, financial, or emotional loss, we know how it feels. I was blessed to grow up in a home where we were taught that it was our duty to help our fellow man. If there was a need, my father and mother would always do what they could to fulfill it. My siblings and I still agree that our favorite memories of childhood weren’t how big our homes were or how nice our cars were. It was how our family came together when we got to be a part of anonymously serving another person or family in need. My mom called us the “Monday Night Marauders.”

Recently my family and I have been the recipients of humble service because of the loss of a job and a health challenge. We have felt those around us being more aware of our needs, checking in on us, and offering to help if they can. In a time when we are feeling our most exposed and vulnerable, we have felt love through simple and sometimes large acts of service. I have learned that allowing someone else to serve us (as humbling and uncomfortable as it may be) is an essential part of being able to perform service in its purest form.

My children naturally want to pay it forward and we look for ways everyday to serve someone else. On my hardest days if I can figure out how do something to help another, as little as it may be, my hard day becomes one of my best.

A beautiful side effect has been being able to watch our children learn that service doesn’t always have to cost money. It can be doing a neighbor’s yard work, helping someone bring in their groceries, delivering a plate of cookies, or just kind words and a compliment to a stranger at the grocery store.

Our oldest daughter is serving a mission for our church. In her last letter she expressed how happy she was when she and her fellow missionaries were able to spend the day giving service. She said, “All we need to do is put our hands where our heart is!” I love that! Putting my hands where my heart is has given me a happy life. Not an easy, problem-free life but a happy life.

Note from Becky

I have a strong connection to Wendy’s message and want to throw a big “Amen!” here at the end of her thoughts. Wendy and I were just chatting about service the other day actually, and I was expressing how some of my absolutely happiest times in my life – from long ago as well as very recent – are when I’m actually serving others. Offering a piece of ourselves to benefit the lives of others brings about an unmatched feeling that, in turn, blesses our life. I love it. And … I love Wendy! She is a dear friend AND the newest member of the Becky Higgins team actually! Right now her specific role is 100% Project Life App customer service. You have a question about the app? Wendy is your girl. And she’s doing a fantastic job at fielding all the questions that pop up daily. On that note, the best way to ask those app questions and get a response is to shoot an email to ProjectLifeApp@BeckyHiggins.com.

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5 Responses

  1. laura g. says:

    wonderful post! I agree…lending a helping hand makes our hearts happy!

  2. Cathy says:

    I am quite good at doing things for others! I really enjoy it. I am not as gracious when someone does something for me or our family.
    This was my AHA moment: “I have learned that allowing someone else to serve us (as humbling and uncomfortable as it may be) is an essential part of being able to perform service in its purest form.”
    Yes! I need to remember this!

  3. Paula says:

    Oh yes. Easy to serve, hard to accept! Especially when you’ve been raised to be independant too :) Great words Wendy, thank you for sharing!

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  5. Connie Gurecio says:

    Thank you for this beautiful, timely message. You are indeed a very good writer and have touched my heart this day. Appreciating…