Serve The World And The World Serves You

“Serve the world and the world serves you.” – miltownkid, September 16th, 2011

I love quotes. They have the ability to say so much in so few words. I often times try to come up with my own “clever” quotes and when I get the chance I hit Google to see if anyone else has come up with them (written online anyway). The first time I engaged in this activity was back in 2005 (bottom of post). I do it all the time but don’t really track/record it. Maybe I’ll start…

The Story

Every quote has a story. Whether it’s from a speech, a play or just some cold-blooded shit a thug poet came up with while pontificating on life in the hood, there’s a story. Here’s mine.

That’s where I stood all night last night. I directed people either to the right (pay $5) or to the left (your VIP don’t pay). Look closely and you can see that I took the picture through a glass door. The glass door is where the quote was born.

To the best of my abilities I opened to the door for every single person that came in and out. Whether you had to pay or not, everyone was VIP for getting the door opened. 😉 I don’t have to do that, but I do. Why? It’s two fold. The first is probably what a lot of people originally see when the read the quote. It has to do with humbly serving.

The second will seem totally contradictory of the first (I’m daoist. Life’s a contradiction). I’m all into NLP (just know the basics) and books like Influence: Science and Practice. Something “small” like opening a door is an investment in future compliance.

Lots of people REALLY appreciate getting the door opened for them (they know I don’t have to do it). When it’s time for me to ask something from them (like leave, move out of the way, etc.) I’m really calm and respectful and they practically always comply. Even better, when an argument starts (like one does practically every night) and I get involved they remember me as that guy that opened the door for them. Not some asshole security guard.

Serve the (bar) world and the (bar) world serves you. 😀

The Quote Goes Deeper Than My Story

That’s just what made me think of the quote, but it’s applicable well beyond that and it can (and will) mean different things to different people. (Note: You know what would be a cool series of videos? Taking cool vague quotes and asking people what they mean to them.) Humble service really has been my personal mantra for the past few months (or years, I don’t know). If you can drop your ego and authentically and compassionately serve the world, the world’s going to take care of you.

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4 Responses to Serve The World And The World Serves You

  1. Penney Morse says:

    Enlightening point of view:)

  2. Prof. Rubenthal says:

    I too serve the bar (world) for it truly is a community and the love is returned many folds. Awesome quote.

  3. Eklctc says:

    I totally agree. I, too, come up with my own quotes and, like you, I don’t make a point of holding on to them. I have left writings here and there and everywhere as a wandering spirit. Sometimes, I wish I had kept some of the things I have previously written but I’m getting better. One quote I have held on to and coined as my own states, “I may not see you on the other side but, I hope, you come close enough to wave”. For me, it ‘s a reflection of the life I choose to live and the experiences I choose to have and the inability or lack of desire of others to live as freely and exploringly and as candidly as I do instead doing so vicariously through me. It says there is no judgment and we are still connected but it is my hope that you push your conditioned boundaries a bit and don’t let all of the enthralling experiences of life pass you by. If you come a little closer to the fence, without actually crossing it, you’ll see me … living.:)

    • miltownkid says:

      That’s a good one! Reminded me of this quote:

      “One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.” – Bertrand Russell

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