Within a day or two, I met a couple of friends. One was quite sad in some ways and said he didn’t have a purpose to get up in the mornings. He had lost inertia in life and was quite dejected. Over lunch I met with another friend who had recently lost his wife. They had enjoyed a rich time together and had actually fostered some 30 young folk.
This friend had decided to take a trip to visit their grown-up family overseas. While planning the route, the travel agent pointed out that he could actually fit in another country, if he liked. The agent’s suggestion was the Philippines. Little did he know what a transformation that would make in his new phase of life…
Well, this changed his direction in an amazing way. By seeing first hand the poverty and the youngsters sleeping rough on the streets, he decided to assist in practical ways. He is now very much involved with a trust that has a farm project as well as a halfway house and just starting a late night coffee shop. During the meal he said he just couldn’t wait to get up in the mornings to see what was happening in the Philippines projects.
This project continues to develop well and is seeing ongoing enrichment in the lives of youngsters. Of course, this is also an encouragement to their families too. I sense that some of the “graduates” will become involved too as they hav treasured the assistance given them. In turn, they will invest in the project. Truly a “win-win” situation.
The difference between the two friends was “purpose” or “motivation” or “direction”. What a difference these qualities can make.