Appreciate what you have

This week one of my regular taxi drivers and I spent my journey talking about the people of Afghanistan and the sad state the country is in.

Haadi is an Afghani and I’ve known him for more than 4 years now. As he is a regular driver I have got to know him, about his background and his family quite well now. An absolutely lovely and kind spirited brother with an amazingly strong wife and 2 young kids.

He came to the UK to escape the harsh reality of Afghanistan; forced to leave his country to save his life and find a means to look after his family financially.

He is one of the most humble person I’ve met. Always talking about the lack of women rights, the lack of infrastructure, lack of education and lack of opportunities in his country amongst many other things. He didn’t think he would be here 9 years on. But he has no choice as his country is still in turmoil and he feels like there is no hope for Afghani’s on a lot of levels.

We were talking about all the projects I am involved in (charity that supports women fleeing domestic abuse, social enterprise empowering women and the homeless projects) as he asked me how the work was coming along. He started to weep as he spoke about the lack of opportunities has further dampened young girls and women from achieving in his country and how they have no access to any such services etc.

I started to get quite emotional because Haadi is actually a senior medical doctor/consultant and all he has dreamt of was setting up free health clinics in rural villages for the poor.

But he had to give up his medical career, leave his family, leave what he called home in exchange for safety, security and freedom.

He had to leave THE only way of life he knew, give up everything he studied and worked so hard for, as his country goes through one challenge after the other since the war began.

When Haadi was serving humanity as a doctor, he also did alot for his community back in Afghanistan. That is where we had a common ground.

  • That is why we both could talk for hours about how serving people is so rewarding.
  • That is why we both give up so much of our time to help those who are needy, vulnerable and less fortunate than ourselves.
  • That is why we both value the importance of education.
  • That is why we both completely understand that helping the women in the community is in fact helping an entire family.
  • That is why we both do everything we do so that we can serve humanity and fulfil the part of our faith that teaches us that ‘saving one life is like saving the whole of humanity’.

For Haadi that is why his heart aches as he can no longer help his people like he used to.

His heart aches because his elderly parents are all alone in Afghanistan.

His heart aches because his younger sister who is also a medical doctor has had to give up medicine in exchange for her freedom.

Every conversation I have with those who have been through such hardships always makes me appreciate what I have here. I have my safety, my security and I have my freedom.

  • I have the freedon to go help others with no restrictions.
  • I have the freedon to walk out of my house with no fear that I could be shot for serving humanity.
  • I have the freedon to be amongst my loved and dear ones.
  • I have the freedon to live in peace at home.
  • I never had to leave home/London and adjust in a complete new and different culture and I certainly can not fully appreciate how difficult it can be for others adjusting to the British culture.

This is what drives me to work that much harder in all the social causes I am involved with.

It is what makes me count the many blessings I have been blessed with.

Keep this brother of mine called Haadi and the thousands of others who have been displaced for a variety of reasons in your prayers please.

Love and Peace