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Rebecca Lynn

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What is my obligation to society and the world?

I am a person that was born in good health, to a great family, a relatively high IQ, and with financial means and connections. I have struggled my entire life with feeling that have not done my part to contribute to the solving the problems of the world. Is there a TED scholar in this community that can help me come up with a realistic goal that would allow me to feel satisfied with my contribution to the world? I would love it if someone could come up with a talk relating to this subject.


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    Oct 3 2013: Thank you all very much for your comments and suggestions - many of them have been very helpful. I forgot to mention in my original question that I am a physician and have done some volunteer work abroad as well as some work with refugees here at home, but just can't shake the feeling of frustration that it isn't enough. Thank you all also for not berating me for being ungrateful for the position in which I find myself - I am not in any way.
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      Oct 5 2013: I know of an expedition that I would go on if I had the means.
    • Oct 10 2013: I feel very much the same, and have felt a constant "need" to figure it out for years. I have friends who feel similar as well. I am 40 now and have had a very good, fortunate life. Married with children, college educated, middle class. I've worked hard for what I have, and have a good attitude. I am not religious per se, but am (and always have been) spiritual. So, what is our purpose? Why are we "here" and how can we serve the world and honor ourselves best?
      To simplify my thoughts, I believe in this... We are all seeking happiness. Our world is comprised of good and bad. What will we each do to encourage a happier world? What to you is happiness? If you have it in your heart, make it happen, then spread it to others. You can make a difference in a small way that is very big, or in a big way by something very small. But do that. Spread love, grow happiness. This is the greatest strength and good we have. With these things, truly, anything is possible, and the world WILL be better for it. I am writing children's books right now. It's a little seed for me, and I'm glad to be doing it... to see how it sprouts. I meditate and listen. In my own simple way, I'll continue to create "light" and trust that by listening to my heart and trusting my spiritual beliefs I'll do what I'm meant to do in this life. Keep your eyes open Rebecca, and notice where your heart feels connected. That is the way you should go.
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      Oct 12 2013: "just can't shake the feeling of frustration that it isn't enough"

      It sounds like you're doing a lot already. Have you reflected on why you feel this way?

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