“What an extraordinary privilege to be able to make the world better.” —Barack Obama
It’s 12: 00 PM on day 2605 of my journey towards independence and I managed to watch Prince Harry’s talk at the end of day 1 of the Obama Summit, go to sleep [i’ve been up since yesterday], get up, pray, read Exodus 14:13 and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet -raised $4 388 only $8 112 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot (thanks to everyone who has helped out so far).
Yesterday I was watching Day 1 of the inaugural Obama Summit during which Former President Barack Obama reminded one and all that to make the world a better place is a privilege and should be thought of as such I actually agree with him because not everybody has the platforms and resources that some of us do
Making a difference is simpler than you think but more difficult than you might imagine– that’s what I know
It’s 12 : 35 PM on day 2461 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast, read John 15: 3 and learn a new word – Definitions for hireling 1.
a person who works only for pay, especially in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of the work. 2. serving for pay only .3. venal; mercenary.
This morning I was thinking about what I wish I’d known before I fell into philanthropy and I wrote a few things down hoping it would help someone. Take a look:
6 Things You Need To Know Before Entering the World of Difference-Making
Communication is key – people don’t care what you want to do or how you want to do it they care why you want to do it so before you start any project know why you’re doing it so you can communicate that well to others.
You won’t always get to do things the way you envisioned (and that’s okay as long as you get it done) – sometimes you will plan something out in your head and for whatever reason things won’t unfold as you planned and when that happens you have to be flexible, think on your feet and get things done regardless (an imperfect, well-intended action is worth more than a thousand good ideas not executed).
It’s not personal move on – sometimes you’ll pitch your idea to people and they’ll either want nothing to do with it or ignore you completely which will hurt the first few times but you have to keep moving knowing every no is a step closer to a yes .
You will have detractors and naysayers – when you attempt the audacious some will say you can’t and others will say you shouldn’t ignore them and listen to the voice inside you that knows you can and remember why you’re doing it.
You can’t do it by yourself – invite people to help you achieve your goal encourage them, believe in them and make them believe in their own potential to become change-makers….in short, build a team of leaders who are capable of articulating your vision to their circles of influence.
Appreciation is EVERYTHING – nobody in the world is obligated to help you so when they choose to you should fall all over yourself trying to express your gratitude in as many ways as humanly possible.
There’s a lot of things we can’t change but there’s a lot of things we can change – that’s what I’ve realized.
It’s 11 : 55 AM on day 2453 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast, read Revelation 3: 5 and learn a new word – Definition of suborn
transitive verb 1 to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing 2: to induce to commit perjury; also : to obtain (perjured testimony) from a witness.
This morning I found myself thinking about the political situation here in South Africa and to be honest it sucked the life out of me but there’s not much I can do about it so I’m going to do what I can, where I can and when I am because after all nobody needs to be President to make a difference (and sometimes even when you are President absolute power corrupts absolutely and you have no interest in helping people).
Nobody may notice if you quietly go about making a difference do it anyway– that’s my message to the world.
It’s 10 : 08 AM on day 2225 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Revelation 1:8, have breakfast, learn one new thing –Definitions for mutable 1) given to changing; constantly changing; fickle or inconstant: the mutable ways of fortune. 2) liable or subject to change or alteration.– and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign –raised $8 011.04 only $4 488.96 more to raise to reach my second goal of raising $12 500 for Smile Train before Jan 10 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ).
Recently I’ve been feeling like people would pay more attention to what I was doing if what I was doing was negative (I can’t figure out why people are fascinated by the negative and bored by the positive) but I won’t stop doing what I’m doing because I live knowing that the world is a tiny bit better because of my actions.
If all you do every day is make one person feel important and special then your life is not wasted – that’s my message to the world.
It’s 12 : 00 PM on day 1795 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, pray, read Romans 2, publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing – Cherries were introduced into Britain by the Romans in the first century AD.– have breakfast and work on my future project.
Yesterday I realized if all I do every day is make one person feel important and special then I’ve made a difference.
Find out what livinglife to the fullest means to you and do that every day– that’s my message to the world.
It’s 12 : 09 PM on day 1872 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, pray, read Acts 17, publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing –Definitions for dithyramb 1. any wildly enthusiastic speech or writing. 2. a Greek choral song or chant of vehement or wild character and of usually irregular form,originally in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus- have breakfast, make sandwiches for the kids in our sisi’s (housekeeper’s) neighborhood with sisi’s help as part of Virginia’s Sandwich Run (thank you sisi for all your help today) and work on my potential future project.
This morning I realized that to me living life to the fullest means devoting my time to things that make a difference and now that I know that on a conscious level I’m going to do it more often.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill
It’s 12 : 15 PM on day 1805 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, pray, read Mark 11, publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing – A dune is a mound of sand formed by the wind, usually along the beach or in a desert. Dunes form when wind blows sand into a sheltered area behind an obstacle. Dunes grow as grains of sand accumulate.– have breakfast and promote my Educate Generations campaign– $4 601 raised so far (so grateful to everyone 🙂 )
This morning it dawned on me that I must be so annoying to some people (when I believe in something it’s all I live, eat and breath) but I will not stop doing what I feel is right my job in life is not to be liked by all it’s to leave this world a little better than it was when I got here.
I want the world to be better because of me not in spite of me – that’s what I realized today.
It’s 12 : 07 PM on day 1591 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, pray, read Jeremiah 8, publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing – The world’s first automobile accident occurred in 1771, when Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot’s steam-powered, self-propelled ‘steam dray’ lost control and ran into a wall. The damaged vehicle is preserved in the Conservative Nationale des Arts et Meteirs in Paris – promote my Educate Generations campaign– still on $1 410 but I’m grateful being on $1 410 is much better than being on $0 🙂 – stretch my hamstrings, feed myself French toast for breakfast, continue promoting the campaign -Diane Liggett made two donations totaling $20 (thanks SO MUCH Diane your support means the world to me 🙂 ) which brings my total raised to $1 430 only $1 070 more to raise to reach goal – and spend time outside – you may think I’m nuts but on particularly beautiful days like this one I go out and sit outside for a few minutes just looking at the trees and the sky I try to enjoy the little things because I know that the little things are the big things in disguise 🙂 .
Today I thought I want the world to be better because of me not in spite of me I know that the world will be a better place whether I do what I do or not because there are good people out there acting with good intentions but I want to be part of that group of people I truly want the world to be better because of me not in spite of me. Is the world better because of you or in spite of you?
We as the people of the world need to grow up – that’s what I keep realizing.
It’s 12 : 45 PM on day 1475 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to pray, brush my teeth, read Proverbs 13, publish my Disability of the Day feature, feed myself egg with bread and a banana for breakfast and hang out with family – my parents are both high school teachers so all four of us are home every weekend the noise level in the house is exponentially higher during the weekend but that’s okay I love my family (most of the time LOL).
Yesterday something happened that made me realize we as the people of the world need to grow up people ask me to do the most childish and unproductive things and the whole time I’m thinking I don’t have time for this we’re either going to spend our time un-friending people on Facebook or we’re going to spend our time making our mark on the world and I choose to spend my time making my mark on the world.
Small things can make a huge difference – that’s what I keep learning 🙂
It’s 4 : 29 PM on day 961 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, feed myself bread and boiled egg for breakfast, pray, read Numbers 14 and publish my Disability of the Day feature.
Today I came across the story of a man who despite not going to university helps educate the kids in his township. Watch Thulani Madondo’s extraordinary story below (this guy makes me proud to be a South African):
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