I can't stop thinking about this. What can I do -- one person, one white woman who lives comfortably, rarely confronted by racial problems in my daily life? What do I know of prejudice, bias, hatred, violence, fear?
The longing to make a substantial positive contribution to our world is one that burns in us and for the overwhelming majority remains a lifelong pang in our hearts. So why then don't we do something about it? What keeps us from changing the world?
We need to take the time to understand before we act -- hold off on tweeting that tweet or sharing that post until we are sure of our facts. Think about the implications of our clicking and subsequent shouting.
On a week when the world marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident, I wonder about the connection between our individual perceptions versus the collective reality of what humanity wants to change.
What's the thing that lingers on your heart -- that you just can't stop daydreaming about? Do the thing you would do if you could do anything. It's called your passion. And it's what you should be doing.
The choices we make have the ability to impact change. I believe that kindness spreads, so choosing to act in this way and to have a positive outlook can create a ripple effect to inspire others as well.
I must admit that there are times when it is difficult to keep looking up when we are surrounded by so many challenges that seem insurmountable. We live in a time when technological advances bombard us with information.
If we want to stand for what we believe, to change the world for the better, I am convinced we must learn to make choices not just based on "what we can do," but based on "what we can do and still stay sane and healthy."
We want our children to learn where we came from, how we got to where we are, and more importantly, who it was that had the ideas, the courage and the determination to change their own world and therewith, ours.
The International Day of the Girl is important. This is not another cause to celebrate for one day. Instead it is to recognize the need for investing in girls and raising their voices around the world. We need, grassroots movements, resources and political will to make this change a reality.
Nelson Mandela is the greatest spiritual leader of our time. He always listened to God and did everything God asked him. He has been able to change the world because of his deep belief and trust in God. This level of faith is exceedingly rare.
The girls played in the yard, but their restlessness and whining was gone. I could tell they felt satisfied -- the way you do when you've done something for someone other than yourself -- and they were made more content by the sunshine and crisp, cold air.
If we genuinely want to end war, inequality, and abuse, then we need to end the war within ourselves and cultivate kindness toward all, equally. The enemy within ourselves can become our friend by transforming it into our ally.
Last week after spending three life-changing days at the Clinton Global Initiative , I came away with a profound sense of hope, inspired by all the participants present and by no less than President Clinton himself.