Are you passionately consuming or passionately contributing?

Have you ever had the experience where an inspiring word hit you and created enough anxiety internally that it would cause you to wrestle and turn and massage it over and over almost as if you were molding clay into a piece of artwork?

This described my last 2 days of the AABF(Arab and American Business Fellowship). The fellows had the opportunity to hear Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, PhD, an expert on Middle East politics and a diplomat that is extremely passionate about peace between Israel and the Arab states. What a great treat it was for us to hear him and experience passion in full bloom. Passion came to life in his voice but it was also backed up by his long lasting commitment and contributions to this very important body of work. He shared boldly without hesitation, “a solution must happen and there will be peace in the Middle East and it will take young, committed and devoted individuals like you to bring about this outcome and contribute.”

As soon as I heard the word contribute, the engineer in me went to a chart with my contributions flowed against consumptions. It left me with a key question, “Am I contributing more to this world than I am consuming?” Where can I contribute more based on the gifts and many blessings bestowed upon me?”

I wrestled with this some during my 12 hour flight to Dubai and I know it will sit with me for a little while more until a clearer plan evolves from my thinking. I will also enlist the feedback of others that know me best as well as my new friends met this week. I documented 3 key areas where I can contribute more to the betterment of our world while in flight. I’ll continue to marinate on them as this program evolves.

Passion is great, but is even a stronger package when combined with actions, commitment and contributions. Think today of one way you could contribute more to the betterment of our society based on your gifts. Are you a contributor or a consumer?  That is the question of today.

More from Dubai on tomorrow.

1 Comment »

  1. Lunatik Said,

    April 9, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    I read a article under the same title some time ago, but this articles quality is much, much better. How you do this?

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