Mother Holle: The Difference Between Service to Others and Service to Self

Part of the Blue Avian’s message for humanity is that “we need to focus on becoming more service to others on a daily basis”. To understand this we must first know the difference between “service to others” and “service to self”. A person who is acting in service to others is being motivated by the desire to help others. A person who is acting in service to self is being motivated by the desire to help themselves.

In the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “Mother Holle,” two sisters separately go through the same set of challenges in a magic land within a water well. One sister acts with a service-to-others orientation and the other sister acts with a service-to-self orientation. It is easy to notice the difference between the service-to-others sister and service-to-self sister in the following two excerpts. The service-to-others sister rescues the burning bread loaves calling out for help, but the service-to-self sister refuses because her hands may become dirty. There are several other examples in “Mother Holle.”

Service-to-others sister:

She walked over the meadow, and presently she came upon a baker’s oven full of bread, and the loaves cried out to her, ‘Take us out, take us out, or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder; we were baked through long ago.’ So she took the bread-shovel and drew them all out.

Service-to-self sister:

Like her sister she awoke in the beautiful meadow, and walked over it till she came to the oven. ‘Take us out, take us out, or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder; we were baked through long ago,’ cried the loaves as before. But the lazy girl answered, ‘Do you think I am going to dirty my hands for you?’ and walked on.

The entire fairy tale can be read and listened to at Lit2Go.

 

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