Have you been bombarded with #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday adverts? Maybe in all the sale buying frenzy you missed the day known as #GivingTuesday? A day that is gaining more and more of a following in the lead up to the holiday season. With the increasing #ecoanxiety in society, so many people are stepping away from the materialism of the holiday season. While the environmental impact of #reducereuserecycle can't be underestimated, there's another benefit that is often easy to miss. Often our lives are so focused on accumulating things as a demonstration of achievement, we forget to stop and assess the impact of them. Has owning that new car/bag/piece of jewelry changed who we are or our sense of fulfillment, or has it just brought relief at having reached the goal of owning it? By choosing to give more and experience more in lieu of owning more, we gain the things that don't have a price tag. Things that can impact the person we see ourselves as, that can have a lasting legacy in our lives and other lives long after the warranty has run out on a new appliance. On their recent trip to Bardia our team trekked through the awe inspiring Himalayas. Apart from maybe losing a few kilos on the mountains (!), they went back to their lives owning exactly the same as they did before, but having gained so much. Being in nature fills us up - our motivation, our humility, our perspective - they are all energised by nature. Despite what the advertisements will have you believe, there is no gadget more powerful than nature to feed our souls! Our team worked among families who owned so little, but had so much more than those of us who are financially fortunate - a sense of self, motivation to learn, satisfaction, happiness, peace. While the community of Bardia certainly need so much more to empower and grow their futures, it's their ability to truly appreciate what they have that is so inspiring. How have you gained more by owning less? Let us know in the comments below! ... See MoreSee Less
Whatever your gift. Share it with the world. When you share from your heart you cannot even begin to imagine the value it adds... to someone. Be the best version of you and watch the world respond. ❤️🙏🏻
When children have the opportunity to do things they have never done and hear things they have never heard, and experience things they have never experienced, their minds and hearts begin to imagine more, get more curious,...and we know that imagination and curiosity are where ALL amazing things begin. Watch these boys as they grow into young men. We have no doubt their lives will be filled with opportunity....
I have learned so much about myself on this journey and what we are capable when we are guided. I had NO idea what it would take to do what we are doing in Nepal yet have felt like doors continue to open everywhere I go, and what we need always presents itself.
So often in life we get scared about what might go wrong and it stops us from even trying. I have learned that stuff will go ‘wrong’. In fact if it doesn’t then clearly you are not really in the arena. Anyway what does ‘wrong’ look like if we have never been on this journey before?! It’s only ‘wrong’ from the perspective of where we were sitting at the time, but more often than not, in hindsight it was exactly the right spot, event or action that needed to direct us to where we need to be.
I have met phenomenal humans doing incredible things.
Sometimes I have to shake my head and ask...how the hell did I get here and ...what next?! In between trekking and visiting the school I had a number of meetings with a variety of individuals and organisations in Nepal, as a part of our commitment to show up in the best way possible to have the greatest long term sustainable impact we can, hand in hand with the community and aligned with the objectives of the people of Nepal.
To all of you who shared your knowledge and insights with me. Thank you so so much.
I look forward to a continued collaboration on this journey. 🙏🏻