Everyone has certainly heard of her, I wanted to know more. On my journey of self-discovery, I had a sense of wanting to make a massive impact on the world too. Intrigued, I picked up a book about her.
When accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979: “I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive it (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”
Love: massive, expansive, unconditional, compassionate, empathetic, barrier breaking, pure Love saturated every cell of her body and manifested in her every thought, word, and deed.
The real kicker for me was a story she told that I will paraphrase:
Living among the poor she served daily, her companions admonished her to have a fan in her quarters to alleviate the Indian summer heat. She simply responded by explaining that the people she served did not have a fan, so why should she be privileged with one. Their comfort was her comfort.
I wanted to emulate her so badly, but this is asking for too much, wasn’t it? I don’t know if I am cut out for that kind of self-sacrifice?
Certain people are endowed from birth with an extraordinary mission that has extraordinary effects on the world, leaving an indelible reverence for their presence long after they are gone.
Does it mean living in India without a fan?
Mother Theresa is an incredible example of love for us all to aspire to, but we all have a gift and our gift to the world will have its own look, but with the same force behind it, love.
Her words, “I was traveling by train to Darjeeling when I heard the voice of God. I was sure it was God’s voice. I was certain he was calling me. The message was clear. I must leave the convent to help the poor by living among them. This was a command, something to be done, something definite. The call was something between God and me. What matters is that God calls each of us in a different way. In those difficult, dramatic, days I was certain that this was God’s doing and not mine and I am still certain. And it was the work of God. I knew the world would benefit from it.”
We can have a lot in common with Mother Theresa, we can love, in our way.
It takes all kinds of personalities and talents to impact our world with love.
Are you using yours?
Release and Unleash!
Are you using your innate gifts to share love?
Is there someone you know or have learned about that you would like to emulate?