Help Other People To Help Yourself

Posted: October 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

The photo below is of a Syrian refugee carrying mattresses to his family.


I paid for those mattresses. All this without even leaving home (thanks to UNHCR)

But what a massive problem the world has. 45.2 million refugees. More than the total population of Australia.

On the road.

Walking away from their home.

Often with just the clothes on their back.

So why do I mention this? Buying mattresses for someone across the world doesn’t really make a difference to my day … or my finances. But it did make a big difference to him and his family. And knowing this, it made a big difference to me. So it seems that contributing to the lives of others lifts our life even higher.

Take Mother Theresa for example. I don’t think she had time to be depressed. Being surrounded by people who were dying means you look more realistically at your own life. You realise things ain’t that bad.

So for those of us in a busy but relatively comfortable life, how do we achieve the feeling of helping someone live theirs?

We commit.

We step forward before we think too much.

We leave the plane and trust the parachute.


Where to focus? How do you find somewhere to make your mark? This process takes time. Sometimes it happens when you are far from home. Sometimes in a chance conversation with a stranger.

It starts with a distant nagging voice deep inside of you. A need to do something. But this urge usually gets drowned out by what we think is logic.

“But will I really make a difference?”

“I don’t have the time.”

“The money won’t get there.”

“The world isn’t going to change if I do or don’t do anything.”

True. The world isn’t going to change. But YOUR world will. As I look at the picture of the father carrying the mattresses my world changes. I’m happier. I’m calmer. I’m more settled in the inside. Problem for you is that the mattresses in the photo have already been purchased. His family sleeps on them now. But that doesn’t mean the work is done. It just means there has to be something else you can do. And be proud of. Pride isn’t bad. It drives action and saves lives.

Do something little … now.

I believe the road to success is littered with the dead bodies of people who tried to do too much too soon.

Sustained effort over a long period is the key.

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