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Farooq

MAKING
A DIFFERENCE

I was conducting a workshop in Bangkok a few years ago and stumbled upon this fascinating insight. Our greatest fear is of being but ‘a speck in eternity,’ of fading into oblivion without a trace. We struggle with longevity, control, and happiness, hoping that somewhere it might not all have been in vain. We think about what’s the point and struggle between doing ‘good’ and doing ‘well’ but end up focusing more on the latter because today’s world is individualistic (and we fear being left behind).

But in our private moments, when we are just by ourselves at night in our beds and sleep eludes us, we feel intimidated and small, overwhelmed by the things around us. We have but a fleeting sense of all that has been, is and will be, knowing deep down that we are of no real consequence in the wider scheme of things. We struggle to cope with it, not being able to acknowledge it fully, rather deny it vehemently because it strips us of the sense of identity we have built up. We create an illusion for ourselves and to the world outside that we do count for something (hence our opinions matter so much!), yet deep down knowing it is only that – an illusion. But somewhere deeper inside we also think about becoming a part of something larger and more meaningful; to have had a purpose and been a part of something greater. And it is this hope that keeps us going.

Here’s a quote and old story that keep us inspired. Gandhi said, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” This, from a man who got a nation its freedom! Thousands of starfish were stranded on a beach. A little girl was picking them up one by one and throwing them back into the water. A man watched this for a long time with puzzlement and finally went up to the girl and asked her what she was doing. She said she was saving the starfish. He asked her, “Can’t you see there are so many stranded, how can you make a difference?” She picked up one and threw it into the water and said, “It makes a difference to that one.”

Do you want to save the starfish? No matter your skills (they’re all useful), it’s the will that counts. Join us to create a better world!