have been many human beings who have been able to bring
hope to others. They've lived their lives trying to
right wrongs and bring justice to the world, and then
they've passed on. And when they do pass on, their
passing leaves us in a kind of paralysis, a state in which
we're sort of frozen, waiting for someone else to come
along and thaw us.
there are billions of potential Gandhi's on this planet at
this very moment. There are billions of potential
King's and Luther's and Jesus' and Buddha's all about us,
all the time. And you are one of them. You
have the potential to increase the amount of love and
peace and justice in this world, just as the
"great" people have done in their times.
The only thing it takes to unlock that potential is the
decision to do so. It takes your commitment and your
willingness to make some sacrifices for the good of
others. And therein lies much of the problem--not
many of us are willing to make the necessary sacrifices.
life is very short, and we have many choices to make while
we're here. If our choice is to help others truly
and deeply, then it will take time, effort, and resources
to do so. Sometimes it will mean giving up the
things that make us comfortable, at least for a
time. Sometimes it will mean going without something
that you've wanted for a very long time. Sometimes
it will mean putting yourself into awkward or frightening
if not us, then who?
difference that we make may not be on the scale of
Gandhi's works, but it will be a difference
nonetheless. And it will be worth any sacrifice that
we make, if we enter into it with no expectation of return
and with a willingness to let go of the results.