Although learning how to care for myself was probably the most important choice I ever made, it wouldn’t mean much if this taking care wouldn’t be the foundation to contribute to others. Most of the time, it is the other who makes me stretch for the extra mile.
Helping others is a very tricky subject. It isn’t obvious at all whether we actually help someone or not with a certain action, even if the intent seems clear. Much is related to the art of giving & receiving. There’s a huge difference between giving someone what they want or what they need.
A learning path I encountered over and over was that after having helped someone, I ended up being the victim of my own actions. These are painful and difficult experiences. They made me question the whole idea of contributing to others many times over.
This being said, giving back to life and supporting others definitely adds meaning and value to my life. The idea that we only truly give back to life by discovering and manifesting our unique expression of being, is the only idea that still stands strong, after having ventured deeply into this topic.
Everything else has so many ingredients to take into account that it rarely holds any ground after digging for a while.
I incorporated my need to contribute in the very roots of the collection. A group of women gathered together in Ahmedabad and hand-painted every single hummingbird that comes with the collection. If I remember correctly, about 60.000 birds were colored with all-natural plant extracts. This way, these women were able to contribute to their family & spent a good time together. They contributed to infuse each bird with their joy, love & beauty.