After over 35 years of working along side the world’s poor and the hungry I know the truth of this statement. Educating girls and young women impacts their entire communities in significant and measurable ways.
Girl power is real. Support the education and empowerment of girls and you will be helping change the world.
True success is far more than more power, prestige and money. True success must include significance. And to be significant we must live lives of active compassion. We must love others even as Christ has first loved us.
Success, at least to me, is like gun control. Success simply means you hit your target. You accomplish what you’re aiming to do.
And like gun control, success says nothing about aiming at the correct target. What is needed, desperately needed, according to the Dalai Lama, is better target acquisition. The world needs folks who want to have lives of true significance. That means people who choose to aim at the right target.
The Dali Lama’s list is a damned good place to start.
The biggest limitation we have is our own fears. One of my own biggest fears has always been the fear of failure.
Whatever our fears, they hold us back from achieving all that we could if we push through them. We need the courage to attempt greater and more significant challenges. We just need the courage to begin.
In the end, I would much rather fail and look foolish attempting the impossible than always wondering what would have happened if I had tried. As I have often said, any action on behalf of those in need makes a huge difference.
Facing our fear, naming it, and recognizing how it limits what we can achieve is the first step to achieving so much more. And for me, that makes me want to attempt even greater things, especially on behalf of the poor and the hungry.