One life breathed easier
What “Mankind is our business” is about (chapter intro):
We only have one chance at this thing called life. But we have endless opportunities to give back. Even the poorest among us can give to those less fortunate than ourselves, in the form of money, resources, our extra stuff, or our time. Or all of the above.
We all have something we can give. We just need to look up, around, and outside of ourselves. We need to get out of our own heads and smartphones, and take a fresh view of the world around us. We need to spend more time considering what the world needs from us, instead of what we need from the world. This is acutely lacking today.
You may be thinking, “But it’s so hard. I’m struggling just to survive myself.” I get it, I get it. It’s easy to get caught up in that thought process when everyone seems to have more than you. But I suggest that you instead compare yourself to those with less than you.
Think about the poor right in your own city or state. Or those in other countries. I’ve seen things firsthand that still profoundly touch me. I lived for two years in a country where people do NOT consider themselves poor, and yet they:
- Use an outhouse for a bathroom…with a curtain for a door
- Take cold showers in an outdoor hut and consider themselves lucky to have running water
- Believe that a setup of an outdoor sink plus a prep table is a proper “kitchen”
And not for a moment do these people consider themselves poor or “struggling.”
So if you consider yourself poor, do just five minutes of research and you may change your thinking.
“What if we started to believe that a $50, $75, $100,000 salary does not necessitate a $50, $75, $100,000 lifestyle. What if God gives us more not so we can get more, but give more?” ~ David Platt
“But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,” faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself. “Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” ~ A Christmas Carol (1843), Charles Dickens