“We must be the change we wish to see in the world” – Ghandi
This is a short summary of a powerful, inspirational video which documents the moving transformation of a group of teenagers as they follow Challenge Day’s “Be the Change” program.
“The Be the Change movement inspires people to notice what’s happening in the world around them, to choose actions that create positive change, and to act as a living example of the power of contribution and compassion.
Step 1 – Notice
Wake up. Keep your eyes open and notice what’s happening around you.
Step 2 – Choose
Once you decide to get involved in any situation, think through your list of options and alternatives for dealing with the situation. Take your time and choose the course of action you believe will best serve everyone involved.
Step 3 – Act
Once you have made a decision about what you feel would be the best way to help, take action! Now is your time to “Be the Change!”
An Act of Change is:
-A conscious intervention or a contribution performed by a person with the goal of creating a positive change in the world.
-An intentional action performed to lovingly interrupt hurtful or destructive behaviour and support the choice of a compassionate alternative.
-Anything you do for yourself, another person or the world around you that has a positive impact; an intentional act of love, kindness or service.
- Imagine families where every member is consciously looking for ways to contribute.
- Imagine schools where every student is given time to share and celebrate their positive acts of change.
- Imagine corporations where contribution and service are the basis of the company culture.
- Imagine a world where people of every country join hands and commit to generating peace on the planet.
- Imagine our media and daily news no longer dominated by violence, fear, and destruction, instead focusing on the celebration and recognition of the positive difference people are making in the world.
What if people everywhere were inspired to share food, shelter, and resources?
What if our human family could unite as one?” from Challenge Day – Be the Change
“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”
– Marian Wright Edelman
notice ♥ choose ♥ act
A longer version of the Challenge Day video is available here
For more on Challenge Day, see their inspiring website at www.challengeday.org
Compiled by Zen Moments.
Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
“Most Unforgettable Read”
“…the true story of an American young man, the author Greg, who climbed Mt. Everest in the Himalayas and became disoriented, lost, and nearly died on his return trek. He was found by a local man, whose family nursed him in their poor hovel, until he could return home. When he asked how he could thank them, the local people replied, “Help us get a school for our children, who sit in the cold on the ground and scratch lessons in the dirt with a stick when a visiting teacher can come.”
Greg, who had sold everything to make the trek in the Himalayas, promised to try but had no idea how he would accomplish this. He returned to his work as a nurse in an American hospital, begged and saved every penny he could, suffered great deprivations and struggles, always determined to fulfill his promise to the people who saved him. With no knowledge of how to go about getting funds, building supplies, nor how to build any building, Greg accomplishes his goal years later.
The book, although rather disjointedly written, is an amazing true saga of desperate needs, personal struggles, unbelievable sacrifice and determination, and amazing fulfilment of promises, over and over again.
You will not be able to put this book down, nor will you ever forget it. Greg has shown us the way to World Peace, one school at a time, if only the governments and war mongers of the world would see this. DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!” Amazon customer review