Be the Change

‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ is one of my daughter’s favorite sayings.  Yesterday, I got a better sense of what that really means as I watched six intrepid young women prepare to embark on a nearly 24-hour trek to spend part of their summer working in three different orphanages in Kenya.

They each came with a suitcase full of clothes and toys for the children – which doesn’t sound like much, but it will mean a lot to the kids when you consider the fact that Kenya is a country whose annual GDP per capita is just $1,600 USD, which is 3.4% of what it is here in the U.S.  They each held bead sales to help raise additional funds for the orphanages.  And they each showed up with the belief that they can help change the lives of a few children by helping them get what they need to be adopted and cared for.  They’ll know they’ve done their job when just one child winds up getting what they hope for – an identity, a home, a family, and love.

The Internet has made it easy to be a nation of whiners.  A nation of complainers, not a nation of doers.  If we don’t like something, we post about it or we put it in our daily status.  That’s not being the change at all.  It seems like it’s more part of the problem than the solution.

It took a group of college-age women to remind me to be the change I want to see in the world.  To be passionate, not just loud.  To act instead of posting.  I hope that I have the courage, drive and will that my daughter and the other young women demonstrated yesterday.  I may not be able to change the world, but surely I can change something for the better.

Godspeed, ladies.  And thank you for being the change for the children you are about to meet.

~ by chuckmattina on May 10, 2011.

3 Responses to “Be the Change”

  1. Excellent reminder, I’m inspired! All the best to them on their summer journey. Change is good!

  2. This is spot on! Be the change…don’t just complain about the issues that need change. We can talk the talk…but what we need to do is start walking the walk.

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