Learning to contribute energies us to live in a state higher than self-centeredness and gives us enthusiasm for unselfish work. Instead of living trapped in a self-centred, often meaningless and purposeless existence, we now have an opportunity to make a difference, live more meaningfully, and lead a purposeful existence with our contribution.
The first step in learning to contribute, we are to focus activity with purpose so that we learn to become effective and result oriented in whatever we do. Thus, when we take the second step towards becoming a contributor, we begin to focus on our evolutionary purpose. This is different just being a consumer of things and situations. It means being a contributor to whatever we do and find ourselves in. The search for evolutionary purpose sets the stage for the third step of creating proactive zones of purpose. To fulfil our higher evolutionary purpose of life we shift our purpose of life to creating or working towards a new state of affairs around us which not only enables us to live better but also all others in the same environment to live better. By environment we mean our own immediate family environment, our social environment, our cultural environment, physical environment around us, our workplace environment etc. To contribute we have to take responsibility for the betterment of the environment around us. We define for ourselves the space or an environment where we can make a difference in the overall state of affairs and then act proactively within that space. As we begin to contribute to the environment, we begin seeking sustainability of contribution and its impact.
Any contributor has sustainable impact only when it solves more than material need. It must also serve a more fundamental human need like empowering individuals or enabling them to find deeper fulfilment in life. Sustainable contribution takes place only when we are able to integrate function-level excellence with being-level excellence. Hence, contributors seek not only excellence in terms of professional or activity excellence, but in terms of character and inter-human excellence, and in terms of making an impact at both levels.
Writings out of our self-expression make our thought process creative and innovative that bring in feelings of doing something good without any expectation of getting something in return and sharing one`s feelings and thoughts along with others to promote feelings of togetherness and actions thereof to be beneficial to the society and community. Focusing writing articles with the purpose of learning to contribute, I started posting articles since May 2010 in my own blog website of Yoga and Spirituality and analysing monthly archives during 7 calendar years up to January 2016, what I have observed from the feedback of my readers and comment authors, I have achieved sustainable contribution on Yoga and Spirituality.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda