If and when that moment arrives what would you do? Laugh? Grin sheepishly? Stammer? Put your nose back in your book? Pick that fuzz from your navel?
It's not widely believed that one person can change the world. Such a giant idea is hard to wrap one's head around, no? Because we expect a full marching band with the arrival of that kind of announcement or invitation, maybe we miss it when it is whispered in ordinary company or flickers by in a fleeting moment. Would you know it if it arrived in your life? And would you RSVP?
Revolutions are begun by one person showing up for life and engaging their passion. For example, a friend of mine who is a teacher showed up at the Madison, Wisconsin capitol building with her shaman's drum and a sign about democracy. She began beating her drum in the rotunda. As she beat and played and talked with people, more and more drummers came, more people joined her until a few weeks later, there were an estimated 100,000 people on the Saturday I joined the rally marching and chanting to 'take democracy back.'
In Egypt a few people rallied and a movement spread across a nation, and then a continent. From Wisconsin to the Middle East and North Africa, people are fed up with corruption and the archetypal human shadow and are standing up, speaking out and giving voice to clamor for a better way. Some know what they want and some don't. Some suspect a major change is needed but they don't know what. Some feel the winds of change at their back and they stagger for a bit, then ultimately finding their balance. And they walk forward even when the way isn't clear, even when the goal isn't in sight, and even when they walk alone.
They change the world. They make it a better place. They push the race forward. They grab us by the neck and force us to join the human race. They are my heroes. One such group of heroes lives at Voices Education Project- a global humanitarian organization, peacemaking institution and pedagogical institute. Their fingers are courageous, their reach is global.
Voices is a noisy symphony in a world buzzing with discord.
Here's how the conversation went:
Marilyn: (Director of Voices Education Project) "I think this is important work in the world."
Me: "I agree; this is all about changing the narrative on the planet; about creating a more humane world."
"I think this article is a beginning. This feels like an important peacemaking mission."
"I believe that too. In fact, I think this kind of work needs to be available in every school in the country. It should be in a curriculum, Marilyn, available to students everwhere."
"So let's write it."
Oh that would be amazing if Voices would do that curriculum."
"No, no, not Voices. I mean we will write it-- together; you and Voices. Would you consider spearheading a project like that?"
So there you have it-- that one shimmering moment arrives, hangs in the air quivering like the invisible wings of a butterfly. What do you say in that moment?
Well, you say "yes," of course. Knees trembling, hands shaking, heart pounding, you say... "yes."
And the breath that is exhaled in that one hovering moment, breathes life into an idea and life takes it from there.
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