Learn, live and do is about self-development through learning so that we can live and not just exist, because when we really live we get inspired to create a beautiful world.
"The mind is everything. What you think you become." Buddha
Today, I would like to talk about how we have the power to make a difference in ours and others lives. We all make a difference without realising it on some scale. So, it is now time to wake up to these facts and start learning how to live consciously, in order, for us to gain the happiness and success we wish for in our lives.
"The benevolent man is attracted to benevolence because he feels at home in it. The wise man is attracted to benevolence because he finds it to his advantage." Lao Tzu
In Lao Tzu's words, a smart man is of service to others because he realises that by doing so benefits himself. Okay, maybe you're thinking "but where do I start?" "I don't have the time, money, I'm not famous...." I use to think that I needed to do something huge to make a difference, but then I woke up, believe me, after reading a lot of self-development/spiritual books and working on myself, I realised that I was already making a difference. Just the little things I did on a daily basis like saying "thank-you" to my mum when she cooked a meal, okay, I probably didn't say it all the time but I made a conscious decision to make it a habit. Or giving advice/help to my friends when it is most needed is making a difference in those people's lives. We should be grateful to receive and also be grateful that we are able to give because our words and time are valuable used in the right way. When you are grateful in life you receive more, hopefully more of my mum's cooking in my case
"Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service." Martin Luther King
Yes, it did take a lot of books to make me realise this. However, I did take Buddha's advice "believe nothing, no matter where you read it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your common sense." Some people are ahead and already on their journey and that's great! That's why I wanted to share my blog with you as I learn and grow, hoping you will join me, too, on this journey so you can share your insight with me.
"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power." Lao Tzu
So yes once again, books did change my life. I did read them most of my life but didn't take them seriously until I was medically retired in my twenties. You see, I have had a long term health condition since I was 14 years old (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Myositis) which left me with a lot of insecurities including what I could and couldn't do. But to cut a long story short, it was these personal development/spiritual books that helped me understand that I, too, can make a difference.
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one." George Bernard Shaw
It wasn't an easy road and at times it seemed like I wasn't going to make it, but I am here today because of a higher power. It is for this reason, I need to fulfil my purpose in life and my purpose at this moment is to live with peace, respect, unity and love! As well as living consciously.
"You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously." Steve Maraboli
I am not a person that likes to write, believe it or not, but I found writing poetry pretty much the same as one might write a journal, somewhat cathartic. I self-published my first poetry book 'The playground of life' available from Amazon to raise money for charity. I support the University College London Hospital, where I have my treatments and FareShareUk, a charity that does wonderful work in fighting poverty and educating people on food wastage. I have designed a t-shirt for them bearing the quote "love is my currency, I spend freely" taken from one of my poem from the poetry book. If anyone is interested in purchasing a t-shirt, please, contact me.
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive". Howard Thurran
Now I would like to invite you to tell me about the difference you make in yours and others lives, small or big. The challenges you face in making a difference or it might be just what you do in your daily life. On the other hand, let me know if you think it is impossible to make a difference or don't know where to start, especially if you are a person with a disability. I hope we can share this journey together so that we can celebrate and propel each other to greatness.
"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." Albert Camus
Finally, you may read this and think to yourself "there is nothing new here that I haven't heard before." I, too, when I read many self-development books thought the same way. But I still read them. You know why? Each time I read a new book I understood more. I may feel the urge to act on some where others failed. Nothing we ever do or say will ever be different, especially, when we're awake because the truth stands alone and in essence we're all the same, except that we do it in our own unique style based on our experience and understanding and that's the difference! On that note I leave you with a poem and wish you a wonderful journey to making a difference.
I refuse to be defined by society
Cos of age or disability
So what if I don't look right
Or celebrate what you might
Doesn't mean we are not the same inside
I walk with pride
I've learnt not to hide
What makes me different on the outside
So don't judge me on sight
Be willing to reach out
To learn what I'm about
You'll be surprised to find
That I am no other
But the same kind
I am a person who is into self development and I am always learning and striving to be the best of myself. I like to empower others to make a difference in theirs and others lives. I also like to express myself creatively through poetry. "I'm an architect, of myself...."