Shining Light is a podcast where I interview humanitarians: those compassionate people committed to promoting the welfare of others. My hope is their stories inspire you to go out and shine light in the world: to help someone, somewhere.
We can all be humanitarian. It requires no superpower, just the compassion to be conscious of the world around us; to notice the things that are broken; to feel determined to do something about it, and have the commitment to see it through. In the words of the great Leo Tolstoy, "we only truly come alive in ourselves when we live for others."
The humanitarians I interview have walked their own unique path. But they all share one thing in common: they love serving. They are a light that shines before others. It has been the blessing and privilege of working alongside great humanitarians that inspired Shining Light. True to their humility, they do their work almost entirely in the shadows, never for personal glory, or announcing so with trumpets. I share a little about many of those people on this page.
I hope you find something that inspires you and good luck to you in your own humanitarian work. I have been blessed to be part of creating three non-profit organisations (one that didn't work), and have had some incredible volunteering experiences. So it there's any way I can support you in your path, please just get in touch. I'd love to help. In the meantime, thanks for being here, and I leave you with the words of George Bernard Shaw.
This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist