It wasn’t until last week when as a company we went for our CSR activity, did it hit me that it is important to find a purpose that goes beyond our day to day, a purpose that goes beyond our time at work or our time with friends, a purpose that matters and positively impacts others. My manager did mention this to me a few months ago, and I nodded without thinking too much about it.

However last week, as we were at Willing Hearts, a soup kitchen that is non-affiliated and wholly run by volunteers, where we were a part of a team contributing towards packing the 5000 meals they pack daily and distribute. Wasn’t a colossal task, merely spooning rice into a Styrofoam pack. That’s when it hit me that, sometimes we get so caught up in our day to day dramas of life, first world issues if I may be so bold to say, that we don’t look beyond to see what really matters. Doing things for the underprivileged, for those that can’t afford the basic necessities and where that pack of food could be the only thing they ate that day.

Besides finding a purpose, it also hit me that I should be more appreciative of what I have as there aren’t those with the same privilege as me. We get caught up in the materialistic wants of life and how dispensable things are that we tend to not appreciate what we have. Call this me thinking out loud, but I think every once in a while we need to be humble and appreciate the meals we have, to the life we lead and also give back to those in need when we can.

Let’s make this a resolution shall we? As I sure will.