Learn More, Do More

I know enough to help, you know.

I’ve always had the feeling that I know enough to “get it” (justice) but not talk about it. I mean, I know enough to make simple changes in my life, realize that this is a problem that I am concerned about, but I am in no way knowledgeable enough to share or lead a conversation on the topic because there’s so much that I don’t know. There will always be people who are more learned, passionate, eloquent, etc. than me. Who am I to talk on this, to enlighten people? Who am I to take charge and lead a group to take action on justice? I’m so little.

But I’ve always wanted to do something.
I’m excited to hear other’s thoughts on what they are doing to fight poverty and injustice. I love learning more about what’s going on and what we’re doing to take action. So why am I taking the back seat?

And then I realized –

If you’re passionate about it, you know enough. You know enough to help others know, build excitement, and steer people towards more. Know enough to build a foundation and help others take a stand for what they believe. Know enough to encourage and support others as they venture through the problems of this world and grapple with their role of bringing good into a situation.

Because the more I learn, the more I realize there aren’t always answers to memorize because there aren’t quick fixes to every problem. Not everything is black and white. And this is why we need the WORLD to come together to make change. Although there is one way of bringing justice and peace (and that way is LOVE), there isn’t just one formula for this solution. So face it:

You are needed.

Good. Now you know you’re incredibly valuable, keep learning. Keep challenging. Keep innovating. Start with what you have; work with what you know. With everyone contributing in their own unique way, positive change is inevitable.

This is our time. Our world to shape, our future to create. We are a movement committed to making our lives count.We will not be silent as poverty plagues our planet. We believe in life in all its fullness. We see beauty even in brokenness. Our love has no bounds. Within us are untapped dreams that could change everything. We resist the status quo wherever it suffocates the human spirit. We will take risks, make mistakes, and dare greatly, knowing that a better world is possible. We speak hope. We instigate change. We are rising up as one voice with many expressions.

Watch us lead.

A Question to Remember

We are living in an age when it goes against the ‘norm’ to think more about others more than ourselves. How do we change that? How to we challenge the norm? How do we live our lives in such a way that we effect positive change in the world?

I believe it starts with deciding to live a life of generosity.

For some it happens naturally, for others it’s a conscious decision – either way, the most gratifying way to live life is to do it with others’ well being at the center of our thoughts and actions.

A few weeks ago I was in class and got a text from an old friend of mine, and all it said was “How can we change the world today, Jules?” – with no explanation, no prompting or prior conversation. That text changed my day. Not only did it inspire me but also it shifted my perspective from normal day-to-day tasks to actually thinking, what am I doing to change the world today? How can I make a difference in the lives of others?

Sometimes, shifting gears is as simple as that – as simple as making every day about what can I do to help someone else? I don’t know about you, but I’m not okay just sitting back and letting the injustices of this world continue. Global poverty can end in our lifetime. All children could have access to primary education in our time. The number of child deaths from preventable diseases could be just a fraction of what it is now, in our lifetime.

How do these big changes happen? By shifting our perspective and starting with ourselves. When perspectives shift, lives shift in a positive direction. I heard it said once “Sometimes ending world poverty feels like emptying the ocean with an eye dripper, and just when you get close to seeing water levels go down it rains.” This can be true, but that’s why there is so much power in students from across Canada stepping up together to make a change. YOU are a part of a movement: your movement involves some 75,000 youth and students across the country.

Living a lifestyle of generosity is all consuming. It’s a powerful thing when life’s mundane every day tasks shift with that perspective. “How can we change the world today?” can be a question you ask yourself in the morning when you get up, on the bus on your way to class, or even at work. When our thoughts shift away from ourselves our lives begin changing for the better.

So, where do we start? Why not shop ethically, host an information session on global poverty, mobilize your friends by creating your own campaign, and use what you love to make a difference in the world. The options are really endless, it just takes making a decision to be different, go against the ‘norm’, and live out a lifestyle of generosity.