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Would you ever consider giving up your comfortable life to help others?

by Carolyn Hopping (follow)
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The world today is busy, expensive and often rather impersonal. Most of us are flat out just making ends meet, and trying to navigate the work - life balance. However, with the relative affluence of modern Australian life, there's also the tendency for us to be quite greedy, forever hankering for more money, bigger house and more prestigious job.

Traditionally, in most societies around the world, spiritually inclined people always existed who were not attracted to these things. Giving up wealth and worldly duties, they'd often dedicate themselves to helping other people less fortunate.

What do you think about this kind of lifestyle? Do you think you'd ever like to give it a try?

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I made this choice a few years ago...I work in ministry, and my 21 yr old son does also.
We both have found this is the right life for us.
He works part time(while doing study at Tafe) with Children who are in Foster homes.
I work with others also in ministry to visit inmates in jails...and the girls who work in brothels.Been doing it for many years, wouldn't know what else I would love to do.
At the end of the day...we just like what we do....One of my son's has a wonderful house and family, and enough money... still he is not 100% happy.

Money will never bring that....You just keep wanting more.We have little(my youngest son and myself),but! when we do get something from hard work and saving I feel we enjoy it far more.

There is not much we want, and this brings confusion to my family.They think we are crazy, but that's fine.We are happy to help others,because one day it might just be us.It is a life choice, and one we are very happy to follow.

It keeps life very very simple, and that has to be a big bonus.Not for everyone,
just how things have fallen into place.
Unfortunately, I would not give up my life as it is now.
I have just had a friend come back from helping in orphanages in India, however I guess I am too selfish to give up my whole way of life and my dogs.

I do help in voluntary capacity however, here in Australia.
by Finy
I kind of wish I'd done some sort of overseas volunteering program (like helping build houses for the poor or something) when I was younger and had fewer responsibilities but I didn't really have the skills needed for any of the programs I'd heard of. Maybe one day.

Since you asked I think giving up wealth to help others is laudable, but giving it up in a way that makes you then dependent on begging from others I am a bit dubious about. That's not so much about helping people as it is about your own spiritual fulfilment. I guess if people are willing to support you to do that, then that's okay, but I don't know that it's really more worthy than working for a living.
Volunteering for a worthy cause is a good place to start - we have volun-toured as a family at FNPF Bird Sanctuary in Bali, and I volunteered at ROKPA soup kitchen in Nepal before having kids. I believe the gift of time is a richly rewarding offering to make, and an important lesson to teach children of all ages.
by Lucy
I never did that. But I think we all should do it.
At the moment I'm not in a position to do this, but I think I'd like to eventually.
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