Is Service the Meaning of Life?

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The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Recently, I read an amazing and heart-warming story of an Alaskan husky. You don’t have to be a dog-lover to appreciate this dog’s dedication to service.

Amelia Milling, a 21-year-old deaf student, was on a three-day solo trek in the Alaskan wilderness. She took a brutal 600-foot fall. When she finally came to a crashing halt, she was dazed and bleeding. At that moment, Nanook, an Alaskan husky appeared seemingly out of nowhere.

Nanook stayed with Amelia that night. The next day he guided her seven miles over rocky, dangerous terrain. On the way, Amelia fell into a freezing, fast-flowing river. Nanook jumped in, grabbed her backpack in his teeth, and pulled her to safety.

Eventually, a rescue helicopter spotted Amelia and Nanook. She was airlifted to a medical facility. Alaskan state troopers found Nanook’s address on his collar tag. When they returned Nanook to his owner, the man was shocked.

Amelia was only one of several people Nanook had rescued, including a child who’d fallen into the same river Amelia had.

Nanook had never received any rescue training. Apparently it was just embedded in his DNA to be of service to humans.


You would do well to follow in the footsteps of your animals. They are a shining light in the darkness that often descends upon your world. Service truly gives their lives meaning.

And service can also give your lives meaning. That’s why you are here. You cannot do a kindness to another being without it being returned to you.

Copyright © 2018 by John Cali

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Here’s a touching example of a service dog protecting his owner in life-threatening circumstances.


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10 Responses

    • John Cali

      You’re most welcome, Pat. They are indeed remarkable creatures, and great blessings to humanity.

  1. Mikala

    Love to all. I don’t mean to be negative at all, but why only serve humanity? Are there not millions of creatures, land, trees, flowers, swimmers, flying,
    “all that is” which may need our service? However, as an observer, perhaps humanity needs service the most.

    Blessings to all.

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Mikala. I agree.

      Spirit did not say it as explicitly as you did. But they did say “You cannot do a kindness to another being without it being returned to you.” As usual, they were brief — maybe, they need to be a little more “chatty” sometimes. 🙂

  2. Ron B.

    No matter what part of the Universe one wants to look at what is found is expansion.
    Ever since creatures have been granted free will they have had experiences and have had to make decisions. These lead to results which then leads to learning, conscious or not. One part which I find has not been grasped is that we creatures receive help, all the help we can handle, and this story is a fine example. Likely the main reason people have trouble here is that there exists, due to this huge complexity and that applies to any system, a law of accident. Stuff can go wrong on the small scale and that is often seen as proof that life isn´t intelligent.

  3. JoAnn Berge

    Beautiful story and I also firmly believe the animals in our lives are spirit guides if we but listen. Look into the eyes of your pet family and feel blessed!

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, JoAnn. I love this quotation from Martin Buber: “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

  4. George Ball

    Dear John, Wow! Dogs sure can do almost as much as we could even imagine they might do. And you do even more than dogs can do. Keep up your doggone good work. I will underestimate dogs no more forever. Love, George

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