I worked with someone some years back who was part of a scheme that systematically stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from ‘investors’. At the very heart of hearts, if per chance I get to meet this individual in the streets, I will give him a warm hug. That individual will always be irreplaceable to me because of the things that he did for me, my wife and my first born son. As long as I live, I will never ever forget his contribution in my life. Am talking from the deepest recesses of my heart. Now, this guy and his colleagues am sure are a pretty powerful stench in the lives of hundreds of people who lost through dealing with them, and that includes very close family and friends. Yet I will never forget him for what he did for me.
“The ultimate pinnacle of our existence as humans is to make a difference in someone else’s life. That is it. In fact the gauge of how irreplaceable you are is what others describe as your impact to their lives”. Life Signatures
As we come to a close of this powerful series or articles, I am more than convinced that all educators out there need to embrace the spirit of being irreplaceable. I have a firm belief that each individual on the face of the earth was in fact meant to be irreplaceable. Many people never live to that level of being irreplaceable because of several factors.
But still, each heart beat of every soul that is alive today resounds with an eternal call to be irreplaceable
The following are the ways discussed thus far on how to be irreplaceable:
The ultimate goal of our existence is not the self. It is not to acquire all that we can for ourselves. The ultimate pinnacle of our existence as humans is to make a difference in someone else’s life. That is it. In fact the gauge of how irreplaceable you are is what others describe as your impact to their lives. Think through history. Think of the great souls of the past. Why do we remember them? One word would suffice. Contribution.
“Contribution is the only true marker of an irreplaceable soul.” –Life Signatures @Namale
Contribution is the only true marker of an irreplaceable soul. Google defines the word contribution in part as follows: “The part played by a person or thing in bringing about a result or helping something to advance”. In other words, at the very center of contribution is another C-word: Care. If you care enough about something, about a cause or about someone, you sure are going to find a way to ‘contribute’ to their lives. But here is the thing: all we have been talking about in this topic zeroes around taking what we have been endowed with, linking up with what we are passionate at heart for and meeting someone else’s need.
“At the very center of contribution is another C-word: Care”.
Now, being irreplaceable varies from person to person. For example, my mum to me is the number one irreplaceable person in my life. That might not be true to the rest of the 7 billion people on earth, but it doesn’t belittle that fact any bit.
Now, someone else might not see their mum as being an irreplaceable soul to them for one reason or another. But still they might have someone else who is irreplaceable to them. What is the common denominator there? Care and contribution 100% of the time.
Over to you!