What Can I Give the World?
Do I have anything meaningful to give to the world?
Can I contribute and make my mark on an ever changing, crowded, and evolving planet Earth? Do my other seven billion brothers and sisters feel the same way? Does everybody want to leave a positive legacy and be known for great things?
I’ve been pondering these questions, and I think the answer to all is a ‘yes.’ At least to some degree. Certainly I wasn’t born without SOMETHING meaningful to give back — I can’t simply be a taker or consumer. Surely, I can develop a worthy attribute, skill, or mission that gives value to others on the planet we share, and the planet itself.
Making my mark on the world has been a calling I’ve always felt, sometimes with a crushing pressure.
I reflect upon the cliche “pressure makes diamonds,” and aim to thrive under the pressure of expecting greatness from myself. A challenge I’ve faced is overload. I literally want to be excellent in my skill set in so many things that it is overwhelming.
On the positive side, I’ve got an endless ‘To Do’ list of things that I enjoy and can categorize as productive time on some level. This is great, but there is a bottom line that must be met for me to be functioning as a member of society.
Some avenue that is being pursued must create “a living” in the societal sense.
I just thought of this metaphor about my current undertakings:
Taking one swing of an axe at 27 trees one at a time is a bad strategy to cut them all down. Possibly a better tactic would be to completely take each tree down, sharpening the axe between each tree. Or taking a few choice trees and rotating between them 1/3 at a time. The most ideal plan may be to step back and look at the forest.
What? Looking at the alignment of the trees and noticing which one if cut with the right technique and forethought may knock down several other trees using the force of gravity on its way down. That’s just a metaphor, I don’t want to cut down any trees. I’d honestly rather plant many many trees in m lifetime. If that metaphor was written poorly or I lost you replace the trees with goals and cutting down with accomplishing.
So if I try to accomplish 27 goals at once versus accomplishing one at a time, or clustering a handful, or looking at the complete picture and seeing which goal can accomplish many others once it is completed.
So, realizing that I need a better strategy, what do I even intend to give?
The list of what I want is clearly posted on my blog, and that’s somewhat partial (and not as specific as the goals I’m working with now on a daily basis). But, all that is ‘me, me, me.’
What about you you you and ‘we, we, we?’
Will I create soley for a selfish and personal reason, or can I ensure that I’m giving value and hopefully creating in service to others and good causes?
The latter sounds much more noble, but can I or you say that that is our intent at all times? I can’t. Maybe it’s because I was an only child for most of my life, but I’ve noticed in times of reflection that I often behave very selfishly.
“Look out for ‘Number One,’ ” they say.
I don’t really consider that a great piece of wisdom. Number One is just one number. Focus entirely on that and that’s just one looking after one. Can’t I look after many, and then should I ever be in need have many that would consider looking after me?
Has a nicer ring to it.
In fact, I’m now realizing there’s a lot of “I” in this essay.
This is a reflective and personal questioning of my motives in life, but I hope that you can see some value somewhere within.
Gratitude for reading my words.
Let me finish by answering the question initially posed: what can I give the world? Myself, my best self, working hard, candidly as I pursue deepening my strengths, improving my weaknesses and overcoming the obstacles while taking ideas through the creation and execution process — defining dreams and questing for success for myself.
For the tribe that we all are a part of.