Last week, I was on my way from church and I had a rare craving for fries so I exited the freeway and stopped to get a small order to-go. After getting my french fry, I drove off and pulled up to a red light and before I could begin eating, I looked to my left and saw a homeless man on the corner. I have this rule that I won’t eat in front of homeless people because I feel it is insensitive to eat in front of someone you know is hungry, so I ended up letting down my window and giving him my french fries. Another time, I was broke and waiting on payday so I had taken 5 pounds of rice, 3 pounds of salad, 2 gallons of tea, forks, knives, plates, and cups from a leftover event at work. I got to a red light, saw a homeless man on my left, and again ended up giving him all of the food, drinks, and silverware that I had.
I’m telling these stories because in both instances, I looked around and saw drivers eating and staring straight ahead. It made me realize that as a society, we have become so focused in meeting our wants that we have become unaware and insensitive to those in need. Yes, I wanted that french fry…but he needed it. Yes, I was broke and wanted those leftovers…but he needed it. If we truly want to see a change in the world, we have to be willing to exchange our wants for the needs of others.
I challenge you to take a journey with me. Once a day for 30 days, search for the opportunity to give away something that you have that is a ‘want’ to someone that needs it. Ghandi said we have to become the change that we want to see in the world and the only way we can do that is by challenging ourselves to begin sacrificing our wants to become more conscious to those in need.