We all want to feel helpful. And for many of us, this desire is so strong it becomes our life mission. I have met a lot of people lately looking for a way to fulfil a ‘higher purpose’ – whether that be through personal fundraising efforts, their career or other means. I remember the ‘towel mission‘ my travel companion Lena and I invented in Sri Lanka to bring a smile to the lips of a poor woman…
My own aspiration to contribute to a better world was ignited during my sabbatical trip. I came back to Australia wanting to ‘save the world’, so to speak. I thought if I could work everyday at helping someone in need, surely that would be the best way to make a difference.
Things didn’t quite turn out the way I was expecting, but it made me realise there’s a more humble way to have a positive impact on the world. And that is by genuinely being a good person to those around us – not because we’re paid for it, but because we care. It sounds simple, yet it is a much more complex mission to strive for. It lies just as much in the ‘being’ as the ‘doing’ and requires a great level of awareness, selflessness and authenticity.
Isn’t it a comforting thought though to know we all have in our hands the power to make a difference – however big or small, whatever we do for a living?
On a larger scale, I’ve been volunteering for a new and extraordinary not-for-profit organisation (www.thehelmsmanproject.org.au if you’re interested) over the past three months. On a small (but important) level, I called my grandma in Canada in the last hours of her life to say I loved her deeply and admired her. It made a world of difference to me… and I think it touched her too.
What about you? How do you make the world a better place?