Wednesday, December 13

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Today’s Excerpt:

How does doing what you love help other people?

By doing what she loved Jane Goodall helped the world learn more about chimpanzees and the animal kingdom.

From JaneGoodall.org: “In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees.”

The more she worked with and studied chimpanzees, the more she felt she had discovered her purpose. She says, “A sense of calm came over me. More and more often I found myself thinking, ‘This is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do.’”

Watch “Jane Goodall: Hero” (3-min video) to see a video about Goodall.

Discuss:

  • Goodall says, “If you think globally, you become filled with gloom. But if you take a little piece of this whole picture — my piece, our piece — this is what I can do here. I’m making a difference, and, “Hi, wow! They’re making a difference over there, and so are they and so are they. And so, gradually the pieces get filled in and the world is a better place because of you.” What do you think about this idea? Is there a small place you can find purpose, knowing you don’t have to save the entire world?

THIS WEEK’S LESSON

Purpose