Sikhcess has a humble philosophy. This simplicity is our strength, our backbone: flexible, open and transparent. It’s all about giving back to the community, to those struggling to make it to tomorrow along with those that just need a blanket and food. We subscribe to “Seva“, an old Sanskrit word that means selfless service.
Well, sometimes it’s easier said than done. Most of us want to give back, donate, find time to visit our local shelter and help out. But we’re all busy these days. We have full time jobs. Some of us have two jobs. And then some of us juggle jobs along with an ongoing education. Or maybe you’re in school full time, planning your stamp on the world. Then again, this past year in the job market has been brutal. Many are occupied trying to find a job in which community service is the last thing on our minds.
So I have to ask: who has time to give back?
Well, here’s an eye opener: everyone in this organization is making time. I’ve described all of us in the previous paragraph. We’re all occupied with other responsibilities, not to mention those with family obligations. We make time after work or maybe a few minutes online. It’s not easy to cancel plans on a weekend after a long week, instead making the trip to hand out food. It’s not easy to step outside our own safe worlds and into someone else’s, helping a stranger, giving up your time.
Then again, sometimes it is. To be in a position to give back, is a position of privilege. I consider myself fortunate to have stability in my life. I’m also supported by generous friends and family. This helps to keep me going but many out there are alone, don’t have support or friends but long, empty days and nights with little promise. A few moments of our time can mean another day for someone else.
Yes, I think we do have time to give back.