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The Causes That Make My Heart Sing

Alex Shalman started a writing project called Caring Compassion Charity where each person tagged is to write about a cause they feel passionate about. I was tagged by Priscilla Palmer and Jean Browman at the Cheerful Monk. Much appreciated!

There are two causes close to my heart: 1) Tibetan Children 2) Empowering People

Tibetan Children – The Story

I spent a month last year traveling in Tibet. The journey was a life altering one. My experience moved my life focus inwards and lead to a series of events that triggered my understanding of ‘Happiness‘. I learned many lessons from the pilgrims, lamas, and street children I connected with throughout my journey. It became clear to me that one can be truly happy with no external possessions, and that the kindness within you can never be taken away. I was quickly moved by their lives of devotion, compassion and simplicity. Their generosity and consideration towards all people deeply touched me. I have never felt so loved by a group of strangers, and met a happy group of people who lived on so little.

With the invasion of their homeland, and the current suppression of their spiritual practice by the Chinese government, their culture is in exile. Public schools are run by the government, where the tuition is as high as the typical income for a Tibetan family. Not only is the price of attendance out of reach, but the education system does not teach Tibetan. The majority of Tibetan children are not schooled. Those children that have the privilege of an education are offered no education opportunities past middle school. Most children are illiterate. They grow up as labor workers, or as peasants on the street haggling travelers and selling souvenirs. The result? Tiny wages, a sense of self-inadequacy, and the cycle repeats.

My cause is to help these children get an education, undo the cycle, and feel empowered. My short term contribution is donating 5% of everything I make towards supporting another child inside Tibet (either orphans, or farmer parents with almost no money). Did you know that it takes only one dollar a day to support a child with clean clothes, food in their bellies, a bed to sleep in, school supplies and an education?

My long term plan is to opening several Tibetan-run schools that teach not only Tibetan culture, but the principles of success (ie. Napolean Hill‘s materials).


Empowering People

My personal mission is to “Empower, Motivate and Inspire People to Living more Fulfilled Lives“. I want to help those struggling to free themselves from the limitations of fear, of self-imposed constraints, of poverty, of stress, of inertia and boredom…. to living a life of bliss, peace, health, wealth, contribution, love and true happiness.

This blog exists as part of this mission, where I share my experiences and what worked for me. I have several projects underway for the next year related to this mission. In the long term, I will be creating personal development programs specifically for children, making the programs very affordable and accessible. Have you ever wished that you were blessed with self-empowering knowledge and self-actualizing understanding earlier in life? I do. I would have under gone much less un-learning.

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Tina Su is a mom, a wife, a lover of Apple products and a CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) for our motivational community: Think Simple Now. She is obsessed with encouraging and empowering people to lead conscious and happy lives. Subscribe to new inspiring stories each week. You can also subscribe to Tina on Facebook.

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19 thoughts on The Causes That Make My Heart Sing

  1. Abe

    I have heard the sufferings of the Tibetan people from a professor in Kunming Province whom I met in Cambodia for a conference on land rights. Writing about them will make other people know the people in Tibet, however peaceful they are, are suffering from neglect. This is timely!

  2. Hi Tina,

    thanks for the tag. I have done my ‘homework’ that you have assigned ;-)

    I am inspired by your aspirations. Sometimes, your positivity and energy puts me to shame; It’s a BIG reminder for me to love life. Thanks!

  3. Aww.. Thank you Lawrence. I wouldn’t say that it puts you to shame. We all bring different energy. We’re all here for different purposes and we all have our unique gifts. You are an inspiration too for what you’re trying to do. Thank you again for sharing!


  4. Angela

    This was inspiring Tina. I couldn’t agree more on ‘un-learning’ to self-empowerment and self-actualization. As we grow we are constantly finding ways of ‘un-learning’ what we already know to understand why we do the things we do and how we can be everything that we already are without struggling with self-conflict. Seems you are further along your way to self empowerment than you wished…thanks for this great read :)

  5. Thanks Ange! I love reading your words and thank you again for your encouragement. I look forward in seeing our respective personal growth progress over the more years to come. :)

  6. Hello Tina:

    Thanks for sharing your passionate causes. Your photo album is evocative. I’m glad for the tag, however I’ve already written about my passion after Priscilla Palmer tagged me. My passion is Emotional Intelligence and I’ve committed to writing an article series about early childhood education. I’d love to hve yout thoughts given your passion for children. I’ll contact you once I’ve mapped out my initial ideas.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us Tina. I’ve recently starting being a more active contributor to environmental awareness, through organizations and being more conscious of my own actions. In line with your goal to empower others, I would like to inspire others to realize their and express their authenticity. =)

  9. Very much like you – the essence of what makes my heart kick is also empowering people. My country has a population of over 140million people, I can’t change the word but every little counts and 140million people – with passion and patriotism – is a very big start.

    My country needs to be have a new light shed on it. Nigeria has become unfairly synonymous with scamming and disjoint leadership. We are such a creative people with a rich history in art (we came out with some techniques yonks before they were even introduced in europe) developing and popularising the design industry will not only provide creative people with a means to express themselves and earn from what they so love – thus empowering people – but also wake up an industry that is currently virtually asleep.

    I am working on a for-charity publication, showcasing Nigerian photographers depicting Nigeria from the eyes of a Nigerian – and this is just a small piece of the puzzle I hope to complete or inspire others to help complete.

  10. Thanks for sharing your passionate causes.

  11. arley johnson

    hi my name is arley johnson i have been thinking about you great ideas my fave thing is horses thats what makes my heart sing

    arley hart maxwelll johnson

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