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Monday, November 25, 2013

Poverty Thoughts

One of the things I really enjoy is to get insights into how other people live their lives, or having been through an unusual experience. This is mostly due to my curious nature but also I feel that when I hear from someone else's perspective, it helps my understanding. And it really helps you not to be judgemental...no matter how tempting or natural it might be.

Here is a personal account about how people who are living in poverty feel and conduct their lives. And WHY they do....of course, they are not all the same. This is based on some personal experience of the author and general observations of her surroundings.

I'll encourage all of you to read it.

Why I Make Terrible Decisions (Poverty Thoughts)

It is also published recently in the HuffingtonPost.

I certainly do not read stories to feel better about myself or circumstances. I don't quite like or encourage that purpose. Read it to understand someone else who is different from you. Respect them, have compassion and remember to be generous.

There are times when we feel the same way as how people in poverty feel. It may not be a lack of money, like those who are living in poverty, but you can be poor in other areas of life. You may struggle with a lack of love, or self-respect, or meaningful friendships and relationships, confidence etc.

You may feel like the way she feels. We should draw inspiration from her example, we don't have to apologise for our struggles and circumstances. We tell it like it is, without the need to hide. What she did was extremely brave and honest.

She really inspires me to be brave and honest to myself about my own problems.

What I really respect is her honesty. In the elegant world, I feel there is sometimes too much superficiality and artifice. We can be elegant but we must also know how to be real. Real with a sense of care and compassion for others. There are many people who are really good at donating money and organising charity balls but somehow I feel they're just there to look pretty and have a good time. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that, because at least they did something about it. However, it would have been so much better if they got their hands dirty and went to the need, met the people who are struggling like how Audrey Hepburn and Princess Diana did.

A great start is to take the poverty challenge. This is something that my country has started, which I'm sure you can find something similar in your own country.

What do you think?

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