When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize she was asked, “What can we do to promote world peace?” She answered “Go home and love your family.”
Distressed by the poverty that surrounded Mother Teresa while she was teaching at St. Mary’s in Calcutta, India she quit her job and began to teach the poor how to read and write by using sticks and writing in the dirt.
One day, a young boy wrote a letter to Mother Teresa. He asked her how he could make a difference with his life, like she had with hers. For months, he didn’t hear anything from her. Then one day he received a letter from Calcutta, India. He expectantly opened it up and read four words that changed his life.
“Find your own Calcutta.”
Upon her death, the Missionaries of Charity an organization Mother Teresa founded, had 610 missions in 123 countries that provide hospice, soup kitchens, and family counseling programs.
I was recently priveledged to meet Richard Proudfit, the founder of Kid’s Against Hunger. On June 19, 2012 Richard was awarded the Jefferson Award, the nations highest honor for community service. An engineer by trade, Richard was in Honduras after a hurricane in 1974. While on his job, he literally saw children dying around him. Richard returned to the US to discover a means to feed the dying children. To date, Richard Proudfit is responsible for delivering over 900 million meals to children in need.
What I have learned:
- If I want to leave the world a more loving place then I will teach my own children how to love.
- My dreams will never change a thing. However, acting on those dreams could possibly change the world.
- Discovering my purpose in life is as easy as observing a need and then discovering a means to fulfill that need.
Four months ago, I made a radical decision not to return to the corporate world. My hearts desire was to live a simple and meaningful life pursing my passion and purpose full-time. Am I scared? Oh Lord, I am shakin' like a leaf. Do I question my gifts and abilities? Everyday. Am I happy? Yes, without a doubt.
You my friend, have dreams and ideas that have value and worth. Do not allow your current circumstances to define you. It doesn't matter if you are a teacher from Calcutta India, an engineer in Honduras, refuse collector, artist or a simple writer trying to find her way…you too have every right to chase your dreams and make a difference in your life, your home, and your world.
- Want a new home? Then go to Home Depot and purchase your first 2x4 today. Want to own your company? Then write out your marketing plan today. Want a meaningful relationship? Then get out the door and make yourself lovable.
- Feed your faith and starve your fears.
- Stop thinking about who you are not and begin becoming that which you were created to be.
Find your Calcutta,