I went to bed last night doing something I don’t like to do.
Recently, my wife Sarah and I jumped at the opportunity of a lifetime. An invitation was sent out to join a select group of amazing individuals to embark on a journey to impact and change lives.
Allow me to explain.
About 4 months ago, we were sitting in our bedroom talking. Well, actually I was sitting and she was putting away her clothes. The point is we were sitting.
During our conversation, she quickly jumped on Facebook to check something (although we both do our best not to do this). Upon checking her feed she noticed that an invite had been issued. She stopped me from continuing my most likely incredible story to blurt out, “Members of my company are going on a mission trip to Ethiopia and they are looking for people to join them!”
In an act of extreme intelligence, I replied the only way I knew how to.
Being ever so loving and so I would comprehend what she was about to say, she did me the favor of slowing down her speech.
“Members…of…my…company…are…going…on…a…mission…trip…to…Ethiopia…and…they…are…looking…for…people…to…join…them…” Followed by, “Do you want to go?!?”
Without even asking who, I responded with “Yes!”
And that was that. With one of the most basic of words in any language, Sarah and I committed to what is sure to be a life-changing adventure.
Have you ever had that happen to you?
Not the mission trip or the part about someone having to slow down their speech, but the opportunity to really make a difference?
- Giving back
- Going the extra mile
- Helping others
- Changing a life
- Working in a soup kitchen more than once a year.
If I ever became a drug dealer I’d spend my time perfecting a way to sell Seratonin.
Often referred to as the “pride” chemical, Serotonin is that thing that is released into the body when you’ve done something amazing.
- Got a new job
- Given your time, money, or resources to another
- Held a door open
- Let someone in your lane while driving in rush hour
- Helped a senior cross the street
The amazing thing about Serotonin (and this is why I’d perfect a way to sell it) is that it’s contagious. When another person watches or experiences your generosity, they will immediately get a hit of Serotonin in their body, which in turn makes them want to do something for someone.
In the words of John Lennon, imagine that?
I’m not exactly sure what we will be doing there and quite frankly, I don’t care.
Just like you, I live a privileged life.
Before you get any notion about my lifestyle, understand this. I don’t live in a mansion, nor do I drive a Ferarri. I have a house that I affectionately refer to as my home, a wife that loves me, and a child who I can’t go more than a few hours without seeing. On top of all that, I can turn on my tap and not worry about the water coming out.
There are many on this planet who aren’t like you.
- Some go days without eating
- Clean water is an afterthought
- Basic necessities as you know them aren’t met
- Life expectancies as low as you can imagine (there’s that word again)
You want to help but what can you do?
Begin by changing the way you view the world.
The world isn’t as bad as you think it is.
Are there different types of people and places? Sure.
Are some of them terrible? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean you have to be.
The only way the world becomes better is if people like you make an effort to get it there.
Make it a priority to give back
Contrary to what you are thinking, this does NOT mean money.
The two most valuable things that you possess are time and resources. YOUR time and YOUR resources.
Nobody cares about how much money you have, what you drive, or where you live. At the end of the day, you can’t take any of those to your grave.
Imagine (yet again) how you would feel if somebody decided to help you without any need for monetary compensation. They did it out of the kindness of their heart. How would that make you feel?
They’ll feel the same way.
Put your focus on something grander than just getting through every day.
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
And with a punch to the gut, Zig Ziglar strikes again.
Stop thinking about how hard you have it and start thinking about how hard it is for someone else. To give your life meaning, and I mean true meaning, you have to start focussing on how you can change the lives of those around you.
- Apple – gave the world beautiful and revolutionary products and in return became the most successful company on the planet
- Sony and Microsoft – Wanted to give the world the best gaming experience that it had ever seen and became the leading manufacturers of games and consoles
- Make-A-Wish – Gave terminally ill children just one chance in life to see their dreams come true and has since become one of the most respected non-profits in the world
- Google – Designed a simple search engine that redefined how you browse the internet and wound up becoming a tech giant
What about you?
Leave the world in better shape than you found it
Need I say more?
By now, you’re probably wondering what I went to bed doing from earlier. Simple. I went to bed unable to fall asleep because of my excitement.
Cheers to your success,
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The world and I thank you for it.
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