As a freshman college student in New York City last year, I rode the subways often as a means of getting around Manhattan. Usually, I thought nothing of the subway system. One day though, I was in such a joyful mood that I just had to socialize with someone. I tried to initiate a conversation with a lady sitting next to me on my subway car, only to get a blank emotionless face in return. She looked extremely rushed and bored at the same time. That moment ultimately made me think about humans in general. We often do not live to the fullest or notice all the bright life around us because we think we have insufficient time, are preoccupied, or sometimes tired.
After that incident, I set my mind on writing a motivational book encouraging readers to get the most out of every single day. The book itself is composed of several inspiring stories with tips on how to break away from the terrible trio (a negative mood, negative attitude, and negative perception of others). It was just published internationally by Balboa Press at the beginning of June.
My favorite story in the book is about an Indian saint named Yogiji Maharaj. In this story, Yogiji Maharaj and two of his other companions got into a horse drawn carriage as they wished to go visit a nursery of 300 mango trees. While they were riding to the nursery in the carriage, one of the wheels suddenly broke. The carriage careened and reeled over. Everyone inside fell out and sustained severe bruises. Yogiji Maharaj began to laugh as he got up and rubbed dirt off his clothes. He asked his two companions, “A miracle has happened hasn’t it?” The other two thought Yogiji Maharaj was crazy, but they immediately understood what he meant when he added, “We were saved!”
This simple story demonstrates the power of positivity. Finding one or two good things in even what seems like a negative event makes a HUGE difference. Yogiji Maharaj realized that their injuries could have been much worse, so his attitude remained positive.
Soon after I made my book official, I was catching up with one of my college friends. She had heard about my new publication and asked what I planned to do with the profits from the sales. I realized that I hadn’t really thought about it, and she went on to suggest that I look into Acumen, where she was just beginning an internship.
I took her advice by looking into Acumen and their mission of investing in market-based solutions to global poverty. I was impressed. While doing research, I also happened to stumble upon some information that would confirm my support of the charity. I found that, according to the World Bank, over 80% of humanity currently lives on less than $10 per day. Reading this statistic made me realize how lucky I was to have things like a college education, clean water, and housing It motivated me to make a difference in the lives of others who were not as fortunate.
Consequently, I decided to donate a portion of book sale profits to Acumen. It was honestly one of the most fulfilling decisions I have made in my life. I hope you can support my cause of bringing more positivity to the world and the mission of Acumen to change the way the world tackles poverty.
The book is available in ebook and paperback here.