Living on Purpose

by Tanya Monteiro on 01/17/2018

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This morning I came across a 12min TED TALK by Damien Mander. Originally trained as an Australian Royal Navy Clearance Diver, who spent years in Iraq and later found his way to Africa (find a purpose in his chaos). Selling everything he had to found and finance an anti-poaching training academy in Southern Africa. Brining military solution to conversation.

I’m drawn to people that find the courage to live their lives in service of others. Especially those who find a passion that they care deeply about and then dedicate their lives to the cause completely.

Not only has Damien changed his life entirely, he has also stopped eating meat.

These are some of my favorite quotes from this talk.

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right. – Martin Luther King

My greatest fear is that I grew up like the Lion in The Wizard of OZ, without Courage.

I had a tattoo done across my chest, “Seek and Destroy”. I thought that would make me big and brave. But it took me almost a decade to GROW INTO THOSE WORDS.

And that was a simple choice of deciding YES or deciding NO. It was that one act that defines me completely and ENSURES there will never be separation between WHO I AM and WHAT I DO.

Would I be brave enough to?

Will I stop being DESTRUCTIVELY OBEDIENT and be courageous enough to know what I need to do?

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