Me and my late grandmother, who made a difference to the lives of her husband, nine children, 17 grandchildren and many, many more people by simply being her beautiful self...

A humble way to make a difference

We all want to feel helpful. And for many of us, this desire is so strong it becomes our life mission.

We all want to feel helpful. And for many of us, this desire is so strong it becomes our life mission. I have met a lot of people lately looking for a way to fulfil a ‘higher purpose’ – whether that be through personal fundraising efforts, their career or other means. I remember the ‘towel mission‘ my travel companion Lena and I invented in Sri Lanka to bring a smile to the lips of a poor woman…

Me and my late grandmother, who made a difference to the lives of her husband, nine children, 17 grandchildren and many, many more people by simply being her beautiful self...
Me and my late grandmother, who made a difference to the lives of her husband, nine children, 17 grandchildren and many, many more people by simply being her beautiful self…

My own aspiration to contribute to a better world was ignited during my sabbatical trip. I came back to Australia wanting to ‘save the world’, so to speak. I thought if I could work everyday at helping someone in need, surely that would be the best way to make a difference.

Things didn’t quite turn out the way I was expecting, but it made me realise there’s a more humble way to have a positive impact on the world. And that is by genuinely being a good person to those around us – not because we’re paid for it, but because we care. It sounds simple, yet it is a much more complex mission to strive for. It lies just as much in the ‘being’ as the ‘doing’ and requires a great level of awareness, selflessness and authenticity.

Isn’t it a comforting thought though to know we all have in our hands the power to make a difference – however big or small, whatever we do for a living?

On a larger scale, I’ve been volunteering for a new and extraordinary not-for-profit organisation (www.thehelmsmanproject.org.au if you’re interested) over the past three months. On a small (but important) level, I called my grandma in Canada in the last hours of her life to say I loved her deeply and admired her. It made a world of difference to me… and I think it touched her too.

What about you? How do you make the world a better place?

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  1. She was touched :) I was with her in the hospital and she was proud to have a granddaughter call her all the way from Australia!!

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