Dylan is the young cofounder of Lil' MDGs, a unique international development and youth empowerment organization.
If I could share 500 words of wisdom to
summarize what I've learned so far in life, these are the important
things I'd want to pass along to others...
In 2006, something that I had been wanting for what felt
like forever finally happened. It was the year my family got a dog. We
named her Nestlé. I had known that there would be changes when Nestlé
joined our family, but there was one change that I never anticipated.
Before we brought Nestlé home, I remember reading tons of books and
watching TV shows like the Dog Whisperer.... My family wanted to know
how to take care of our new (and first!) puppy.
These books told us that we should assert our role as master right
from the start. It made perfect sense, until Nestlé actually came home
with us. I found myself attending to Nestlé's every little need. I was
filling and cleaning her food bowl, making sure she had clean water and
taking her out on walks.
Master? It didn't seem to fit. There she was getting every need taken
care of without ever having to lift a paw. I realized that no one can
ever call themselves the master of any dog, or any pet for that matter.
I started thinking about other relationships in my life, and realized
that I never was and never will be anyone's master. I will always be
serving someone at every moment in my life. I also realized that is true
of us all.
Parents serve children and children serve parents, siblings, and
friends. Heads of big corporations serve employees, teachers serve
students and principals serve teachers and students. Presidents serve
the entire country!
Bringing Nestlé home ended up being a transforming experience for me.
My interactions with Nestlé helped me understand that it does not
matter what our title is, what qualifications we possess, which country
we are from, or how we view ourselves in comparison to others.
Our position, no matter who we are or where we live, is and will
always be one of service. In fact, as we get older and gather more
experience and respect our capacity to serve and help others grows. So
if we can all realize and accept that our role will always be one of
service, we can all have what we are hankering for - peace.