Beautiful people helping create the next generation of selfless givers..
A year ago, I shared this on my personal wall as I went through the process of getting rid of our possessions in order to travel:
When you sell something, you get money in return. The happiness that the money gives you, lasts a very short time.
When you give something away, you get gratitude in return. The happiness that another person’s gratitude gives you, lasts a life time.
Sometimes, making a difference to someone’s life is far more valuable than making a difference to your bank balance.
A year on, those possessions are all gone and Jaiden is standing at the top of Mount Panorama Circuit wearing a nice new Chaz Mostert hat that one of our followers sent to him whilst looking out over the town of Bathurst through a pair of Binoculars that some fellow travellers gave him after they upgraded.
When I decided to quit my job and travel 5 years ago, my life revolved around money and having more “stuff”, a nicer (and faster) car and not much else, in reality. Throughout the past 5 years I’ve discovered that money and stuff really doesn’t make you happy, at least not for very long. For me true happiness comes from selfless giving, connecting with people, building positive and long lasting relationships and sharing memorable moments with those very same people.
Seeing the joy in Jaidens face as he unwrapped his new hats and looked through the binoculars for the first time made me realise that these acts of kindness will ultimately help shape Jaiden into a an adult who sees value in being kind to others and expecting nothing in return, that’s something money can’t buy, nor can it be taught.
To Bec, Mark and Helen, a massive thank you from both Jaiden and myself, it’s greatly appreciated.