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Hang one, will you?

On my trip to Prague, I came across an interesting cafe called Uzavesenyhokafe, which literally means the hanging cafe. The name originates from the fact that when you order a coffee, you can choose to pay for two – one for the coffee you’ve drunk, and another for a hanging coffee. When someone who can’t afford a coffee enters the cafe, he can ask if there’s a hanging coffee, and if there is he/she can drink a coffee for free.

Isn’t that a beautiful concept? Why stop there? Why not implement this concept in say schools, hospitals and other organisations around the world? It doesn’t cost much to support a needy child or a hungry person in need. Most people reading this blog online can afford to help someone around them in need. They only need to choose to do so. I personally believe we can achieve much more in this world when we start helping at a micro level, rather than with government bureaucracy which often doesn’t end up reaching out to the people who need help the most.

Imagine the effect we could have when each of us decided to help just one person in need – small steps, big difference.

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Rhin-oh!

Why is it that we will happily spend 20 minutes clicking around to find out the specs and news of the latest iPhone or BBM for iOS and Android, but not take the few minutes required to tweet or inform ourselves about the captured crew of the Arctic Sunrise or the endangered Rhinos?

Are we really that blinded by our materialistic desires? Or have we gotten to that ultimate state of self-indulgence where we truly care about no one but ourselves? Shouldn’t we care at least enough to stand up for the brave group of people who are fighting and standing up for our rights to a clean, unspoiled Arctic – perhaps the last bastion of land on Earth (mostly) untouched by mankind? Or try to spend some time/money/effort towards doing something to reverse mankind’s brutal assault on nature’s other children.

What will happen if you spend ten minutes lesser on Facebook tomorrow? Or if you don’t have that fancy Latte at your fave cafe? You’ll survive, I assure you. And by taking those ten minutes to sign  Greenpeace’s petition to the Russian embassy as well as donating that saved money to a good cause, such as saving the Rhino, you’ll make a hell of a difference towards making sure they survive too.

 

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Small Deeds

You don’t go into every exam being 100 percent prepared for it.

You don’t start every relationship knowing for sure that it will definitely work out.

You don’t only play games where you are the best and where you know you cannot be defeated.

More often than not you study, think and then go and do the best you can, knowing that NOW is as good a time as there’s ever going to be. That endless delay is not going to yield you any better results. And that sometime later might just end up being too late.

We need to start making a difference now. Start today, in whatever small way you can.