You Want to Change the World? Here’s How!
A real-life example of how we all can make the world a better place
In the Western world, we are so consumed with finding our purpose in life. All the coaches tell us to find your purpose and you’ll live happily ever after! If only that were true.
There’s no happily ever after you find your purpose don’t be fooled.
Besides, that and a much bigger question is how are you helping others by living your purpose? You reached the top of your dreams and how is the world a better place because of it?
I am simply asking a question how are you contributing to the better life in this world for others? Take this guy who’s written a book called Above the Clouds by Kilian Jornet. He is an amazing guy who runs massive mountains fast. He says:
“It’s a very stupid thing, when you are running just for running. If you are running because a lion is chasing you, then it’s not pointless. Then it’s for survival. But just to run? Sports in general, it’s playing a game. It’s not like a teacher educating new generations, or a doctor who is saving lives. It’s putting one foot after the other. It’s fun. But it’s not important.”
This guy has a point! What’s the point of all your achievements if it mounts up to nothing? What’s the point of you beating a world record and the world is the same or worse? People are still killing Muslims because of their religion. People are still starving. There are people around the world that cannot read or write. How’s your achievement help others? It’s a question we don’t ask ourselves.
It doesn’t matter how famous or amazing achievements you’ve got; what matters is what you do with it. If you put it on your shelf it’s great and what?! By no means I do not minimise the importance of how hard it is to achieve something. All I am saying is people are too consumed with themselves and their purpose in life that often forget the others in the world.
What can we do? How can I be better and do better? I am not famous. I don’t have huge resources to suddenly help others. I am just one tiny person with no influence of any kind in this big world. What can I do? I cannot possibly take on the world! However, there must be something I can do, right?
If you think you are too small think of a mosquito who can keep you up all night.
One day my husband’s car broke down in the middle of Raval in Barcelona. For those who know Barcelona, they know Raval is an area full of Pakistani people, restaurants, food shops, and all that jazz. Lots of Pakistani people live there too.
The car’s battery ran out it needed to jump-start the car. My husband didn’t have those cables, you know the ones black and red you connect to another car and charge the battery. My husband stopped a taxi and asked if he had it. He didn’t. But he used a car radio to ask all other taxi drivers if they had it. One guy did.
The taxi driver and my husband off they went to get it. It turns out the taxi driver is Pakistani. They started talking in Urdu.
Always amazes me in Spain you can get by speaking Urdu.
My husband heard on a taxi radio a few concerns because of coronavirus. The business is down. No customers. Lack of income. Some drivers said that they only need to survive another three months and it will all be ok. Times are hard for many in coronavirus time. I’ve seen many businesses close. It’s so sad to see. That’s another blog post.
The taxi driver saves the day. My husband gets everything he needs. He wanted to pay the taxi driver for his help and driving him around. But he wouldn’t accept the payment. It didn’t matter how much my husband insisted he wouldn’t accept the payment.
The taxi driver’s response in Urdu was: ‘I will be thanked in the next world!’ The people of Pakistan never stop to impress me with their kindness and hospitality. When the times are hard particularly when there’s little business the taxi driver wouldn’t take the money. Someone needed help so they help!
Because of that one taxi, driver the world is a better place. You don’t have to build massive things to help the world. You can do a little act of kindness every day and the world is a better place. My husband and I try to implement one act of kindness, goodness, deed a day. It’s a challenge! We have been doing that for a bit. I’d highly recommend you try it too.
The conclusion is this, you don’t need big things to help others. You don’t need a massive charity to help others. All you need is kindness. Little things always mount up to something bigger and greater.
Love and Light