How do you feel as you read that sentence? Wouldn’t it be GREAT if in our lives, and particularly our professional lives, the answer was more often yes than no? It is possible. And it’s a choice.
I started practicing this as a personal mantra about 20 years ago. Ten years ago, when I launched the Global Wisdom and Leadership Forum™ (www.globalwlf.com), it became our professional mantra, and frankly, our business practice. When I would speak, I would close with this statement. Often, I wrote it at the end of any correspondence in which I was involved. Receivers of the message loved it. Rarely, however, did they believe it could be real, until they began to see that we did follow through on our promise.
You see, when you have a NEED, as another human walking alongside you on the planet, I believe I have a responsibility to help. That responsibility includes accessing whatever resources are available. It’s a heart song. It’s my belief that this is precisely why we are here together in this moment in time—to help each other.
Realize that I’m not talking about wants. That’s an incredibly important distinction. Needs and wants are words that are often interchanged. Therein lies the problem.
Several years ago, when my husband Dan and I were in the midst of raising four little humans, Dan’s job was eliminated. He was devastated. I owned my own business and was working at the time, but Dan was surely the primary financial support to our family. Dan, defined by his “job,” started to do a slow decline emotionally. I had to be the cohesion for our family. I felt I was now in charge of everything.
We cut back. I mean we REALLY cut back. What was fascinating to me was that even in this cutting back, our absolute NEEDS were still being met. There was no lack in the fulfillment of our need. This was stunning, and a true discovery in my own evolution. For so long, we had been living so fully into our wants, that we didn’t even really understand what our needs were. It was an incredible big learning for me.
When I began to look around, I realized that most of the people that we knew were in similar spaces. Broaden that to Americans in general, and the rule is the same. MOST of us live in our wants, rather than our needs.
In the middle of our personal life crisis, I came upon this poem called “Blessed.” The author is anonymous.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the million who won't survive the week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people around the world.
If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.
If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace,
you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful,
you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world, that cannot read anything at all.
You are so blessed in ways you may never even know.
I AM blessed. Most likely, so are YOU! Trust though, and do hold in your heart, that for me, both personally and with my company, whatever you need, the answer is YES!
To your continued success and significance.