Each One of Us Can Make a Difference!
Abdul Sattar Edhi is one of the best people ever to walk the earth. He helped more people in his lifetime than almost another human being in history. But you’ve probably never heard of him. I know I had not.
He was born in Gujarat, British India, in 1928. When he was 11, his mother was paralyzed by a stroke; and Edhi cared for her. She died when he was 19 years old; and Edhi discovered his mission: caring for the sick, elderly and destitute.
In Pakistan, there was no safety net for the poor, so he begged on the street to set up a free hospital. Since then, his foundation has rescued 20,000 abandoned children, rehabilitated 50,000 orphans, and trained 40,000 nurses.
Edhi set up the world’s largest ambulance service, along with free nursing homes, orphanages, clinics, women’s shelters and rehab centers. He has been called Pakistan’s “Father Teresa”.
He only owned two outfits, and never took a salary from the foundation. Edhi said: “When you stop living for luxuries, you understand the real meaning of life.”
He died on July 8, 2016, at the age of 88 from kidney failure and his last request was to donate his organs. Even in death, he wanted to help others.
Edhi’s story is a reminder that every single person has the power to change the world.
If everyone of us were just a little like this man, even for just a day here and there, the world would be a far greater place and life, as each of us knows it, would be far better than it is today. Every one of us, each of us can make a difference.
Maybe you’re thinking, in a world of billions of people, how can one person make a difference? Well, I’ll ask you to think about that one single mosquito in your bedroom on a warm summer night and its impact on the quality of your sleep… Yes, each of us, every one of us CAN make a difference.
The most important questions we should ask today… What will you do? What will I do?
Have a great day. Make it happen. Make it count!