It’s important to work on finding purpose for what we do instead of constantly moving from one shiny object to the next. But spending too much time looking for purpose might be counterproductive. While I’m all for introspection and spend a lot of time on it myself, I wonder if some of it can become navel gazing!
Just yesterday I came across a video of a most inspiring couple. I’ve shared the video at the end but I’ll summarize their story since it’s mostly in Hindi.
Rosy suffers from kidney failure – both her kidneys have failed and she has to undergo regular dialysis. A simple, child-like woman, she is looked after with great care by her husband, Pascol. He takes her to the hospital and cares for her at home and their love seems so simple, sweet and genuine. Pascol keeps an oxygen cylinder at home, incase of an emergency with Rosy.
In April, when the pandemic was raging and oxygen was in short supply all over India, Pascol received a call asking if they could give the cylinder to someone who needed it urgently. He was reluctant. What if his wife needed it? But Rosy, listening in on the conversation, demanded that he give the cylinder to the man who needed it!
If that wasn’t enough, she then decided to sell her jewelry to buy as many oxygen cylinders they could get and give it to the poor who needed it. Then the couple began to provided dialysis kits and food to a 100 other dialysis patients.
Soon the word spread. Donations poured in. Today they’ve managed to organize a van to ferry oxygen cylinders for free for Covid patients and others who need it.
Weak and ailing, Rosy says, that her purpose is to help as many people she can before she dies.
I find this story so inspiring. People giving out of their poverty, despite their pain. Moving beyond themselves to find a purpose. It inspires me to move out of my own way!
“One thing I know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”Albert Schweitzer
Joining Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday. Prompt : purpose