My journey with IoFC-LMAD (Let’s Make A Difference) started in 2009 after completing my high school. The time between completion of high school and starting of undergrad in London was very crucial as I had 8 months in hand and wanted to use it productively. In these 8 months, I did couple of things such as working in a network marketing firm, playing professional bowling and also helped my uncle in setting up a retail store. But I still wanted to do a social activity where i would interact and meet new people. I have always been a social person and like to interact and meet new people.
So one fine morning I began my search on google on topics such a treks, summer camps, conferences, youth forum, etc. and that is when IoFC-LMAD had caught my eyes. I was really amazed by the activity of the organization and the rich content they had on their website. So i decided to approach them to know more. I happened to get in touch with the volunteers who were actively involved with the organsation i.e. Dipti Rane & Binal Thakare. They invited a group of young and vibrant people from various background of life and explained us about the ideology and philosophy of IoFC-LMAD. On their words and my gut instinct I decided to go for the conference.
THAT’s IT !!
Since then my association with IoFC-LMAD has been for almost 9 years now out of which I have been active since 2014 post my first conference in 2009, in which I was a member of the coordinating team for 3 years and a participant for 2 years. The reason for me to come back to this place year after year is very simple i.e. I feel myself with such lovely like-minded people. Some of the best relationships of my life has been found in this very place. The art of giving time to yourself has helped me discover a lot of hidden talents in me and out of the bag of surprise one has been writing poems. The vibe of this place (Asia Plateau) is unique in its own way. One who comes here tend to fall in love with the place.
The essence of quiet time has made me think about the various aspects of life. It has helped me gain clarity and a better vision to life and success is what keeps me getting back to this place. Of the 4 principles which defines Initiative of Change, Unselfishness has been a part of me and will remain for a life time. I try my level best to avoid any sort of jealousy and try to look at the larger picture. The joy of not being selfish in life just makes you feel out of the world when people come and pat your back and say thank you for being there. End of the day we knowing or unknowing do something but this place helps you to understand that it is important to think twice before you act.
All answers to our life lies deep within us but we should know the art of unlocking our sub-conscious state of mind and accepting the reality. Self introspection was something new for me because most of the time i used to seek my answers in others. But later I felt that it’s my life and I'm responsible for all the decisions and not others. We as human have the tendency to blame others for the smallest things, which I had done many a times. This thought made me feel the need to change the way I think. The journey of being associated with Let’s Make A Difference has really made a huge difference in my life. Any change takes time but the fact of recognizing that change has given me a start. I hope in the years to come the transformation takes a positive shape in my life which will keep me happy and help in spreading happiness around.