I kept looking outside the widow, trying so hard to imagine that life. But I couldn’t.
The country house, the children’s playground in the backyard, the cars parked in the driveway, a lush garden, inside the house a warm atmosphere, dinner table set, a family, a home, a life.
Most people, they dream this dream. And why should one not? It’s a perfect picture. It even makes me feel warm inside.
But then that’s it. The warmth, it’s more like a reminder rather than a longing. This dream, it’s not mine, it’s mine for others to have.
For a while now I’ve been thinking this thought, that I’m not just meant to be someone who is successful by the way of being great at my job, I’m not meant to be a family member by the way of simply settling down in the way most people know of it, I’m definitely not meant to be a responsible citizen of the word simply by the way of paying my taxes, exercising my rights to vote, and recycling my garbage in my perfect city home.
So what am I meant to do? Something more, much more. More radical, more tangible, more impactful – for humanity.
My calling – now that I’ve heard it, there is no going back.
For every 5 thoughts that I have, one of them is about the refugees, the uneducated, the exploited, or off late, the over 600 million people around the world that don’t even have clean water to drink.
How? How is this fair? How can I help? That is all I can think of.
When a tenth of the earth’s population is deprived of the most basic human need to survive, not even live, it puts a whole lot of things into perspective.
I’ve been chronicling daily prompts of my life in a 5 year memory journal and one of the recent ones was – when did you last act as a good Samaritan? The timing so being that I had quite just then enrolled as a monthly donor to The Spring at charity: water.
What is charity: water? It is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. If you haven’t heard about it, I most sincerely request you to read here about them, or better yet watch this – a video of Founder Scott Harrison speak at INBOUND 2013.
This is what fundamentally changed some within me, and now, I can never go back. And why would I? When you find your purpose, you fight as hell to fulfill it.
This takes me back to of something I read in Viktor Frankl’s Man Search for Meaning – a book that marks the inception of my journey towards finding my own true purpose – “Those who have a why to live, can bear with almost any how.”
I close my eyes and imagine my life, and all I see, is my purpose.