It all starts with a question. "What can I do?" Some are quick to say that their small contribution is insignificant. Others acknowledge the modesty of their ability to move the human race forward but they have an understanding that every effort, every energy is embraced by others who also have that vision too. In this magazine I have tried to share the vision that we all have around the world. It is encouraging and inspiring to get to know so many amazing people. It is a hard awareness that no one can do it all, as I once thought, but equally, it is a relief to know that, dotted all over the world, are these small but powerful NGOs scoring runs in the game by their little base hits. Amid there struggles, frustrations and disappointments, their victories and successes, dozens, hundreds and ultimately tens of thousands of people are living better lives because they embraced the vision with what resources they had. A community leader in Yungay Peru was explaining to me that the lack of proper sanitary practices there were an issue. I was able to provide them with small bars of soap for five hundred children to encourage washing hands regularly. It cost about $30, but I felt like a million dollars to be able to make that small base hit of progress. No one can do it all but everyone of us can do something.
Those of us who step into the game find our sense of purpose for our existence and we realize that are lives are limitless. Absolutely limitless, powerful beyond words and what is inside of us, no one can ill-affect. Disappointments are stepping stones to the next victory. Critics are barking dogs that we roll past on our way to the next solution. Support from others means our vision can be a reality for even more people that call upon us for help. The example of others is what we emulate to become in our own work. The ripple effect of gratitude , that oh-so powerful force that fuels us daily, goes out to those who are encouraging us . To get the right answer you have to ask the right question. What can I do is that question. I would like to share the wise words of Marianne Williamson who said, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people will not feel insecure around you. When we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”