A good friend of mine recommended I read, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and what a truly amazing and inspirational book. The ideas in this book are so simple and concise, yet they ring true for any faith.
The final law I found particularly interesting, The Law of Dharma which states that every human has a unique talent, a gift that no other person has, and the purpose of life it to find this skill and use it to help others.
“Everyone has a purpose in life…a unique gift or special talent to give to others.
And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of your own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”
I once had a conversation with a friend about a Canadian husband and wife, one a doctor and the other a dentist, one day decided to move to Africa to work in a remote village. Being the only medical aid for hundreds of miles, they truly made an impact on the lives of all people in that area. My friend made a comment saying, ‘I wish I was a doctor so I could help peoples lives like that’ but according to Dharma, everyone has a special talent.
Maybe you are a good public speaker and should enter politics as Martin Luther King did. Or love science like David Suzuki and become one of the most influential scientist in the world. Or a good runner like Kip Keino who used his Olympic winnings to build schools in his Kenyan village and now started an entire generation of Kenyan runners who donate their race winnings back to their community. Or maybe a computer programmer like Linus Torvalds who created free open source operating system Linux, changing computers and the world forever. Or perhaps you are just a Canadian kid with bad luck but an iron will like Terry Fox.
The question is, what is your special skill and how will you use it to help others?
You can read more about Dharma here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharma