21-Day Journey: Day 20 – Lesson

page-header2-members2Day 20: Lesson

“When you cease to make contribution to the world, you begin to die.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

“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 Thurman

contributeDay 20 discusses Making a Contribution. What makes you come alive? What matters to you? What contribution can you be? How can you contribute to the world or serve others?  Being a contribution is your next evolution on your path as you are moving along to the greatest, grandest version of you. As you begin living a more conscious life, you begin wondering how you can be a contribution to the bigger world.  You begin wondering how you can make a difference in other’s lives and then in a bigger world. You understand life has more meaning more than acquiring things in the material and physical world.  You realize those alone do not make your life. You see how you matter by making a contribution.

What contribution can you be today to make your life and others better?  As you think about making a contribution, what is it for you?  Find your focus.  It can be an issue of interest to you or how your work serves the world.  Where can you make a difference with that?  Do your homework and know lots about the topic or issue.  Think about any ramifications that might happen. Be prepared.  Be committed. Keep your focus positive and on what you want not on what you don’t want.  Like me, I want people to be the best they can be so the world is more loving, peaceful and kind.  I want to help solve the problems of hatred, anger, sadness, depression, etc.  So I stay on the level of the solution not the problem.  You don’t fight against something because you stay in that lower field of “fighting”.  You want to be for something, for more peace, love, better drinking conditions, whatever it is for you.  You rise up to the solution.  What positive things can you do?  What can you do that will benefit you and others?  It’s not really about you but you as the leader in the efforts and vision, and you are making the contribution for the benefit of others.  You feel better because you are contributing and doing something meaningful. It’s what goes around comes around.  Great for all!

One of the days in Joel Osteen’s calendar has a saying that is, “get up in the morning and have the attitude: Whom can I be a blessing to today?  Whom can I encourage? Where is there a need that I can meet?”  How could you use this idea as a contribution you can make?

There are lots of opportunities to be of service.  Part of this journey is to align what you are doing in life with your vision and purpose for life. Be careful of getting involved with too much that isn’t focused on where you want to go.  Here is a chance to look at outside projects that you might have going and make sure they are tied to your purpose and dreams.

As Wes Moore says,   “How we serve others is ultimately a reflection of ourselves.”– When you make a contribution by living on purpose, you are making a difference.  How can you be a contribution and be of service to others? How can you devote your talents and gifts to make the world a better place? What is so important to you that it could be your legacy or contribution?




Actions Steps:

  1. What 5 things could you give away today?  I once read that you should give away 27 things a day to keep the energy flowing.  How could you begin a practice of giving away things that don’t have significant meaning to you each day?
  2. What can you contribute today to someone that would make a difference in their life and yours?  Remember the 4 A’s of the heart – attention, affection, appreciation, and acceptance.  How can you give these? Begin the practice of contribution.

Journal Time:

  • What inspired you most from the call?
  • What are two ideas you are taking from the call?
  • Where are you finding resistance?
  • What is one action step you will take within 24 hours of the call?
  • What support do you need to help you keep moving forward?