By Chandra Lingam
Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.
In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes” she explained with a smile. Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.
I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways.
- Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
- Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
- Share Your Blessings With Others
I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
- Be a Mentor to Others
A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
- Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.
Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.
I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered. I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”
Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.