Visiting speaker Anita Wing Lee shares experiences helping refugee crisis

Visiting speaker Anita Wing Lee asks what would happen if we stopped worrying about our own money and career and woke up everyday asking, how can I serve?

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Anita Wing Lee assists with arriving refugees in Greece. Photo: contributed by Anita Wing Lee

What would happen if we stopped worrying about our own money and career and woke up everyday asking, how can I serve?

This is the question I wanted to answer. Most people think that they can’t truly give the way they want because they have to pay off the bills first.

I wanted to challenge this. I believe that we are each given unique gifts and talents for a reason. The point of life is to give your gifts again. Life is not about suppressing your passion to sitting in a box cubicle so that you can receive a paycheque and pay off your bills.

Anita Wing Lee. Photo: Contributed
Anita Wing Lee. Photo: Contributed

There is a different way of living in this world and I am a mission show people that it can be done. So far, this journey has completely blown me away. Since I began December 29, 2015 I have slept on 21 different homes, air mattresses and sofas as I couchsurf around the world. I have crowdfunded over $7,000 for humanitarian causes and another $5,000 to publish a book. I worked in the heart of the refugee crisis in Lesvos, Greece and experienced human tragedy and triumph that has forever changed the way I see life. I live out of one suitcase. When I left home, about 50% of it was gifts for my couchsurfing hosts. Through the journey, I’ve donated and upcycled most of my belongings and now only 20% is what I originally packed.

This means that everything from the toothbrush I brush my teeth with, the electricity that powers my phone and clothes on my back have been donated.

How is this possible?

In short: Giving is living.

So how does this work? How do you pay off your bills, only do what makes you happy and be financially supported?

Let’s take a look at the nature of work:

Conventional paradigm is that we have to work for a paycheque. It doesn’t matter what we do, as long as we are making money. Getting financially compensated is more important what we actually do.

The new paradigm is that life is about growth. Divine assignments are given to us so that we can contribute to society and humanity.

When my friend Amanda Hathorn, a Revelstoke resident and entrepreneur, started helping the refugees on the island of Kalymnos, Greece, we talked every few days.

It amazed me that she was able to raise over $6,000 in two weeks. At the same time, I’d built up an online community of 10,000-plus and  thought to myself, what more could I do to help?

But I didn’t want to just volunteer in the refugee crisis for a few weeks. I wanted to go all in. So I auctioned off my most prized possessions, launched www.ProjectSoulFam.com and embarked on this journey.

I worked in the heart of the refugee crisis in Lesvos, Greece and Berlin, Germany for four weeks. In the process, i truly saw the power of one person to make a change.  So did my audience. Donations started pouring in and people saw that I was genuine about my desire to service humanity.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this Article on Revelsoke Mountaineer!

Follow Anita’s journey at www.ProjectSoulFam.com and www.AnitaWingLee.com. Anita live-streams everyday on her Periscope channel @anitawingee.

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