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Inner Game

This Will Make You Cry (and Make You Better)

Once in a while, a video comes along that's powerful enough to rise above cultural and language barriers and bring us all just a little bit closer together.

This is one such video.

It's a commercial from Thailand, and I'm not going to spoil it for you... I just want you to watch it.

No, experience it. And in the space of 3 minutes, 2 seconds... I challenge you to not be deeply impacted by it, and moved to action.

Watch this…

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens

See? What did I tell you? :-)

What a powerful reminder of the power of being kind without expecting anything in return.

Even after making it big and becoming a “success” in business and in life… even after obtaining what most would consider to be ‘enough’ for personal fulfillment, don’t be surprised if you still feel a void inside you that yearns to be filled.

This is where the power of giving is realized…

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston Churchill

And by giving, I don’t necessarily mean money. Sure, money by itself can help make a lot great stuff happen. But equally important – and often more important – is the giving of yourself.

What I’m talking about here is service – your time, your energy and your effort giving to help other people and important causes. When you help out a neighbor in need, make a friend’s day, invest time with a fatherless or motherless child, buy a homeless person a meal and actually sit with them and get to know their story while you do… whatever it may be…

So long as whatever is given – money, your time, a service, a material gift – so long as it has a meaningful impact on the life of the recipient. But the key is, you gotta do it unconditionally without any expectation of a reciprocal action from the receiver.

It’s the 'Golden Rule' continued…

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." – Luke 6:31

generosityRegardless of your faith (or lack of) I’m sure we can agree how important this principle is, and what a tremendous difference it would make if we could all truly embody it in our day-to-day lives.

Today (as I write this), I am challenged to be proactive (and not passive) in looking for opportunities to demonstrate outrageous generosity and kindness. The opportunity is all around me – and it’s all around you, too. All we have to do is open our eyes to it, and choose to embody it.

Today, I choose to be that Thai restaurant owner. Not in the hope that someday, it might come back to me… but just because that’s the kind of world I want to help make. Today I choose to BE the change I want to see in the world around me.

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.” ― Ben Carson

Let's make a world like this. You with me?


Do It To It! Immediate Action Steps

Ask yourself this question every day, as often as possible: What act of kindness or generosity can I offer the world around me, without expecting anything in return?

Leave a comment below with some specific action you (personally) can take in the next 24 hours to display kindness and generosity to the world around you. Even 1 small gesture for 1 person. Tell us about it.

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