Today (Thursday, 11/9/06) Challenge Day was featured on Oprah. As I mentioned in my last post, I am so excited about this and am grateful that the amazing work of Challenge Day has now been broadcasted out to the world through the media force of Oprah Winfrey. This will allow Challenge Days extraordinary work to reach even more lives and touch even more hearts! My wife Michele and I have been involved with Challenge Day for the past six years. The incredible work they do for young people and their communities is truly transformational and life-altering.
Challenge Day teaches people to people to “be the change.” This is taken from the famous Gandhi quote, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” What a beautiful, insightful, and powerful statement. In my personal experience, it is much easier to say this and even understand it, than it is to live it. However, living this message and truly BEING the change we wish to see in the world is the only way real change can happen – within ourselves and in the world around us.
Challenge Day is a shinning example of an organization that is truly “being the change.” One of the suggestions that Rich and Yvonne Dutra-St. John, the co-founders of Challenge Day and two of our dearest friends, have for people is to practice daily “acts of change” with their friends, family members, and in their communities.
Today and each day, make a point to do one or more simple “acts of change.” It could be something as like a smile, a hug, an apology, an acknowledgement, or anything else. Do it from your heart and do it with the intention of making the world a better place. These simple acts are great ways for each of us to be the change we wish to see in the world.
For more information on challenge day, go to https://www.challengeday.org