One Question, a Hundred Answers

March 31, 2021

Q&A

The Question

What are you doing today that will matter in the end?

 

The Answers (came from far and wide)

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Thanks Uma, for a soul-searching opportunity that your question entailed. Having lived my life, setting goals demanded by my life situation, prioritizing family/children, finding the right work-life balance and teaching courses and writing books on Gandhian thought  will matter.

As will, My 2 decade-long on-going work in the social sector, through non-profit, Shanti Sahyog Team of 42,  serving 17 South Delhi slums and Tughlaqabad Village, transforming their lives through education, health-care, vocational training and legal help / rehabilitation for domestic violence victims.

Gearing all my activities – including meditation – to my spiritual evolution is what will matter in the end.

Suman Khanna Aggarwal, Founder and President, Shanti Sahyog – a Gandhian NGO

 

 

Wow! Some question! My answer follows

It’s so easy to say “nothing!” Everything matters though. I choose to live in a city instead of a suburb, this improves my carbon footprint and helps create community. I buy as much of my food as I can from local farmers, this improves their quality of life and helps expand our local supply. My days are filled with creative activities, and yet, it’s the morning walk and the local carrot that will be my legacy, not anything I write or publish.

Brian Yarvin Author, Photographer www.brianyarvin.com

 

 

I am switching off lights that are not required.

I have stopped using shaving cream and soap to avoid sending harmful chemicals in the water chain

I am reading and making others read too and socialize over books

I am saving water for my future generations

I don’t pluck flowers (trees reproductive organ) to wish anyone or pay tributes to God

I am not buying new clothes that I don’t need or a new car or a phone or a new house or an unnecessary travel

Mohit Gupta, Founder of City Book Leaders

 

 

What I’m doing that will matter in the end is: being a strong presence in helping others towards their trips/vacations and helping others to find ‘their way’ or at least a location that caters to their personality.

Rob Ham river/wildlife guide 

 

 

Writing. The legacy of words for my children. As a woman in my mid-forties, I find myself endlessly fascinated by the everyday stories of people like you and me rather than the lives of the rich and the famous. I’d like to think my anecdotes and notes about everyday living in the 21st century will someday be fodder for an avid anthropologist centuries from now.  That is a rather vain thought but truly one that drives me to continue writing and sharing.

Lakshmi (Author. Parent) www.lgiyer.com

 

 

Having retired from photography for hire, I’m organizing the work I’ve created for myself over the decades. I’m working toward uploading copies of my hand-printed silver prints, Polaroid transfers, Cibachromes, and C-Prints in an effort to monetize my inventory. This will matter to whoever has the task of dealing with my work after I’m gone. At that point, will I care? Will anyone?

Deborah Gray Mitchell, Photographer

 

 

In recent years, after 12 years in investment banking, sharing has become a driving force in my life.

Sharing my experience

to motivate young people to find their way, starting with my children.

Sharing my network

in order to help people around me facilitate their daily life or simply connect people with common private or professional interests.

Sharing my Franco-Thai heritage

through cooking classes and special events like the International day at my children’s school.

Sharing tradition

like my „Adventkranz“ workshop for my international friends or the French „Galette des Rois“.

Sharing my creative enthusiasm

in DIY projects or new social initiatives

Sharing precious moments

with my family, friends.

Laure Souque, a multifaceted, creative human

 

 

 

Life has become a race against time, wanting more, wanting bigger. But to what cost? We not only lose ourselves in the process but also the near and dear ones around us. More than ever, time, presence, genuine care, and the ability to silently listen and create a space for the other to be heard and understood, is of great wealth. A person, any person – child or adult – when given the proper environment to simply “be”, can create waves of fulfilled purposes, not just your own. “A society grows great when people plant trees, whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Elinor, Managing Director, Learimo

 

 

 

We inspire people to travel the world. In a time where populists all over the world get far too much attention and power, people vote Nazi parties and borders are getting built, instead of torn down, it’s so important that we understand that we are all “same same, but different”. To encourage and to get people to travel is far more important than many people think. Traveling gets us to meet different cultures and to talk to people with completely different and interesting backgrounds. Those experiences widen the mindsets. Two popular quotes reflect this nicely: „Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” –- Mohammed. Melvin, the founder of Travel Dudes, a pioneer and one of the top travel bloggers in the world.

Melvin Böcher, Founder of Travel Dudes www.traveldudes.com

 

I am currently organizing a Meditation & Breath workshop for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. In the end, it will be very important, because it will help people get rid of stress, trauma from the past, intellectual inhibitions, have more conscious contact with the body, and that should help them to be able to do good deeds, to change the World, and make a better and more beautiful place to live.

Theodora Kostovska, Breath and Meditation Trainer, Art of Living

 

 

 

The truth is I am not sure what I am doing now will matter in the end. However, what I do every day is try to do my best to leave a cleaner footprint on this planet hoping that in some small way I leave it a good place for future generations to come.

Vivish George, Shutterbug 

 

 

 

What are you doing now that will matter in the end? I’m currently building a global network of mentors that support initiatives in Africa that care for its people, its environment and addresses income and gender inequality.

Desigan Pillay, the Founder of Fund Social Good a non-profit organization that exists to build great people who do extraordinary things in Africa.

 

 

When I think about the end, I think about oblivion. I think about legacy. What will mine be? I’ve been fortunate to know others who, though they have passed, have made a lasting impact in the lives of those who know them or who knew of them. For me, this manifests not in my work or my writing, but in the way I treat others. I’d like to think drops of kindness and grace I show others today are what will be remembered in the end. Because love matters.

Emily Smibert , Writer

There are 2 things that I am doing that I think will matter in the end 1. The inspiration to women as a role model to showcase it is possible to successfully navigate family and career and community 2. My legacy – my kids – raising them to be kind and empathetic to grow into model citizens empowered to make a difference in the world.

Sangeetha Visweswaran – Daughter, Wife, Mom, Ally, Group Engineering Manager, PTSA President, local college curriculum advisory board member

 

 

I am living in the moment, doing what makes my heart and soul happy and fulfilled, with absolutely no attachment to any results. Am currently enhancing all my skills as a Life Coach and hope to touch many lives in the years ahead. I want to add value to people’s lives, in a very wholistic manner. My focus is on adding the wealth of spiritual knowledge, healing and breath work techniques that I have invested time in, to all the other coaching techniques I work with. I’m focused on growing, expanding my mind and consciousness and giving back 🙏🏼 Living a life with utmost gratitude!

Bhavana Sabharwal, Life Coach

 

Since publishing my award-winning book Incompatible with Nature: Against the Odds, A Parent’s Memoir of Congenital Heart Disease, it has been my mission to encourage and inspire others to find their inner strength and resiliency when facing life’s obstacles. To achieve our highest potential in life, we must be brave, driven, and determined. Character is developed in difficult times. We must be courageous in our convictions and have conviction in our courageousness, and above all, we must never, ever give up. Striving one and all to be better, healthier human beings will indeed matter in the end.

Tracie Frank Mayer, Rebel, Writer, and Public speaker 

 

 

Through my photography, I try to preserve history, so as to retain the importance of what is present and that which may inform the future.

Bharat Patel, Photographer

 

 

 

My short answer could be “self-isolating until vaccinated” or “buying bitcoin”!

But my husband and I have discussed existentialism versus nihilism a lot this past year as he takes a career break to figure out what to do next. I similarly left the IT domain fifteen years ago to follow my passion for working with animals and supporting wildlife welfare and conservation.

I have a conversation with my idol Dame Jane Goodall in the offing; also the incredible opportunity to watch the BioRescue Team collect oocytes from the last two remaining Northern White Rhinos to save their species from extinction.

Lakshmi Natrajan, Tour Guide and Freiwilligen Team Member at Zoo Zürich

 

 

Actually it’s quite a simple thing. I always try to be friendly and attentive towards people. If you go nowadays on the street you see a lot of grumpy and sometimes sad face but we are actually living in a very beautiful environment with not so much to complain about compared to other places or other countries in the world. So, by spreading this positivity I think this will resonate with people maybe not immediately but for sure after a while. And if I can with this positivity make some more people happy and replace some of these grumpy and sad ones with happy ones – I think this is something that will matter in the end.  (For more see video below)

more answers coming soon. Come back again!

(You are welcome to send me your answer to be included here)

 

Well, interesting question. You never know what the impact of current actions will be. So I try to do what I think is right at the moment. Sometimes with a plan, sometimes without one. That being said, I’m in the final stages of releasing my new yoga-themed art collection through my own website, https://yogainart.com/. If you ask me about the impact, I’m just happy that I was able to share something with people and contribute to their lives.

 Shankar Ramakrishnan, Founder / Artist, https://yogainart.com/ 

Every good deed, however small, adds to the collective goodness of the world. This is the mantra I live by every day. Yesterday, today or tomorrow. Small acts of kindness. This is what I think is important and what will help everyone till the end of their time on this earthly plane.

I also try to instill a love of learning in my students. Not of marks or grades or even just understanding Maths, but a love of learning and a sense of wonder at the beauty of the mathematical world. Every day.

For myself, I read incessantly, anything that I can lay my hands on. Books, books and more books. Imbibing knowledge is not my purpose, though that does happen automatically, enjoying a fabulous yarn is definitely a yes! The world of books is my very lifeblood, the air I breathe, food for my soul.

I live one day at a time. A fulfilling, joyous life it has been so far and the last thing I do is being grateful for it. Gratitude for every moment, every incident, good or bad, simple gratitude for this rainbow-hued life, the rich tapestry of family and friends with which I have been blessed. I am grateful

Raksha Habhajanka


Comments (10)

Suman Khanna Aggarwal

April 3, 2021 by Suman Khanna Aggarwal

Uma,

You made us all think! Great achievement! I cannot help quoting Mahatma Gandhi:

“The aim of Education is to produce thinking human beings and to build character.”

    Uma

    April 10, 2021 by Uma

    and yes, you are quite the leader there!

Varun Kochar

April 4, 2021 by Varun Kochar

Attempting to be the best I can be given the constraints & my limitations – a father, son, friend, husband, student & in general a human being. Not always successful but I think just attempting it is worth it.

    Uma

    April 10, 2021 by Uma

    Hi Varun, thank you for your perspective. Success is relative – so better not to measure ourselves up against another. I wish you good luck in your journey.

babiche veenendaal

April 4, 2021 by babiche veenendaal

We had a lovely family lunch for Easter together with our parents ❤️. We followed their Easter traditions and our children always love it.. we all realized again the relevance and importance of family traditions. We pass them on and so will our children .. today the 14 year old told the 91 year old “I will do the same for Easter when I am older” ❤️ Warm hearts and laughter , that matters to all of us

    Uma

    April 10, 2021 by Uma

    aww, that’s heartwarming! Passing on the baton of civilization….and savoring the seemingly small moments which in fact are enduring. I can picture that cozy family dinner. I wish you more of them.

Reena Narang

April 5, 2021 by Reena Narang

This question has been on my mind for the last 10 days, ever since I lost my brother to a sudden heart attack. We are all running a rat race doing things which will not matter at the end because end seems so far away. But this one incident has changed my perspective . I have consciously started doing things that matter to me. For starters, I have started listening to my children more than ever before. I have started writing again because that’s the legacy I will leave behind. I have also started to connect with nature more.

    Uma

    April 10, 2021 by Uma

    Dear Reena, my condolences. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I send you good wishes. Yes, often we run around like the paid jobs that pay our bills are all we are here to do and nothing else matters. Happy to note you are paying more attention to your children and listening. Thats, why I started the video series on finding one’s purpose. Writing is something I love to do. It’s a great way to tell one’s story instead of having someone else record your life and interpret it for the world 🙂

Raksha Habhajanka

April 6, 2021 by Raksha Habhajanka

Every good deed, however small, adds to the collective goodness of the world. This is the mantra I live by every day. Yesterday, today or tomorrow. Small acts of kindness. This is what I think is important and what will help everyone till the end of their time on this earthly plane.

I also try to instil a love of learning in my students. Not of marks or grades or even just understanding Maths, but a love of learning and a sense of wonder at the beauty of the mathematical world. Every day.

For myself, I read incessantly, anything that I can lay my hands on. Books, books and more books. Imbibing knowledge is not my purpose, though that does happen automatically, enjoying a fabulous yarn is definitely a yes! The world of books is my very lifeblood, the air I breathe, food for my soul.

I live one day at a time. A fulfilling, joyous life it has been so far and the last thing I do is being grateful for it. Gratitude for every moment, every incident, good or bad, simple gratitude for this rainbow hued life, the rich tapestry of family and friends with which I have been blessed. I am grateful.

    Uma

    April 10, 2021 by Uma

    hey Raksha! what are you reading now? I’d love to know. Do you have a recommendation?

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