I’m as guilty as the next Londoner for not taking the time to get to know my neighbours, I’d far rather go to some far flung exotic location that I know nothing about to do charity work than spend time in my own backyard trying to make my local world a better place.
I definitely think there is something to be said for charity starting at home. In my evening walk-talk with my friend yesterday, she introduced me to the world of the gorilla gardeners who brighten our worlds without us even knowing it. She had heard about them on a night out at a ‘PowerPoint Slideshow’ (all the rage – all the cool old kids are doing it). Apparently there is a gorilla garden movement on my doorstep in South East London – people who take it on themselves to bring some green to neglected areas in London.
Nice idea. I like it. Thank you neighbour.
As we reasoned on our evening walk-talk, indulging ourselves about how we can take pragmatic steps to make the world a better place, it made me think about why I’m attracted to coaching and helping people to achieve their goals. Is it because the more I help others, the less I have to focus on helping myself, or does helping others help us to help ourselves? I guess it’s a question of finding equilibrium and only helping people based on practical experience of how imparting your knowledge has helped you – not in theory but in practice.
I’m starting to understand that only when we become the ‘change we seek’ can we make a real difference – if making a difference is the path we have chosen. What you are and who you are doesn’t matter – just please yourself and be authentic. Who knows, being true to yourself might just be enough to make the world a better place.
Let’s Dance now
O.K I’m off to find a neighbour to hug and bust some moves to Heavy D. Have a great day neighbour!