Many people believe that the greatest accomplishments in life are material-based. Earning the most money, having the biggest house and driving the nicest car are all among feats that are often believed to lead to happiness. But as Ilchi Lee discusses in "Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential," these material obsessions aren't what truly matter in the end.
The New York Times bestselling author posits the question, "How do I want to be remembered after I leave this life?" While financial, academic and career success are prominent, what's even more pressing is the desire be remembered as someone who helped others and made a positive difference in the world, no matter how big or small.
"We have the Noble Desire to help others and benefit the world, without expecting any return or recognition," Lee wrote. "What makes us great is not our knowledge, skill, money, or power. What makes us truly great is this noble desire, this passion that transcends all separation, that goes beyond one's limitations and wants to hug others and embrace the whole world. This is not something that we need to learn, because we already have it. It just needs to be acknowledged and awakened."
It's easy to shrug off your capacity to help others by saying you simply don't know how, but it's something that is inherent within all of us. When one sees an elderly woman carrying in her groceries, the first thought is often to give her assistance. It may seem like a small favor, but helping those within your community can encourage your neighbors to help others and, in effect, spreading awareness of humanity's need to be kind and supportive.