Who are you thinking about today?
It’s a beautiful day in Sydney and that makes me feel lucky and grateful to be living here. It’s also cause for reflection on how life is for others around the world. While it’s sometimes more comfortable (and certainly easier) to turn your cheek, today I’ve decided not to do that. Instead, I’d like to do something that will make a little bit of difference.
Post-yoga and feeling calmly contemplative, our Friday morning chai and coffee led to a soul-searching conversation on the plights of people around the world, particularly in Somalia. Between us we knew some simple facts – there’s a drought – the worst in 60 years; the UN has officially declared it as a famine zone; around 12 million people are affected. And many people are dying. Way too many.
The problem can seem too big and too hard to ever get involved. But rather than feeling helpless and overwhelmed with sadness we decided that actually, it’s quite simple. We can all help if we really want to. They need money – as much as possible – so that resources can be bought and delivered. This will help to save lives.
We agreed that giving your money away when budgets are tight and payday is a long way away can be hard. But not as hard as watching your children suffer and die. Not as hard as leaving everything you’ve known and walking for days, and miles, in the hope of survival.
There are some amazing people doing some amazing work for causes such as this. Getting actively involved is not for me right now, but I can donate money and it will make a little bit of difference to someone. I’m choosing that because it makes me feel better about living in a beautiful place, working with lovely, fun people and being lucky enough to be able to provide for my family.
It’s not new, but it is true to say that every little bit will help. And if you simply can’t give money, just by spreading the word - talking about it and caring about it – you will make a little bit of difference too.
I’m thinking of making Friday my day for thinking of others. Want to join me?
When you’re feeling fortunate, who do you think about?