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In which i too can make a change

United Way

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

Albert Einstein

 

I read this quote yesterday when it flitted by on Twitter and it is virtually what Melinda Gates said this past Sunday as the Speaker at the Duke University Graduation, Class of 2013.

 

If you aren’t aware, Melinda Gates is married to Bill Gates (of Microsoft) and they started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation back in 1997.

 

The foundation’s mission is to work on global health.  Soon after starting the foundation, Melinda began to travel to many “third world countries” (she hates that word) and started meeting the people that she was trying to help.

 

What she discovered was that they had similar hopes and dreams for their children: they wanted them to be healthy, happy and successful.  The only difference was that it would be much more difficult for these poor people to achieve that goal.

 

What Melinda wants is for these kids, these new graduates, to use their connectivity (internet, Twitter, Facebook, email) to make the world a smaller place thus helping the uninformed, uneducated and unaware and not just the group of people they already know.

 

She pointed out that as people get more successful, they tend to stay within the confines of their own socioeconomic bracket and never reach out.

 

She urged us all to reach out. I personally, thought it was a great address and seeing that Albert Einstein also respected each individual just reinforced that attitude.

 

As I go to listen to Maya Angelou for the Women in Philanthropy of the United Way of Greensboro speak today, I realize that I need to donate more than that; I need to donate my time and brains, not just my pocketbook.

 

I, along with others, have often been guilty of reaching out with money but not with actions.  I hope that enjoy Dr. Angelou’s address today but whatever the topic is, I am now thinking of myself on a broader scale.

 

I realize that many of you don’t have the time or resources to reach out and help those less fortunate than you, but if you do I urge you to attempt to make a difference.  After all, if Albert Einstein can see a human being as a human being, so can I.  He was a much smarter person than I will ever be!

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Amy
    May 15, 2013

    Couldn’t agree more with donating time and effort. Throwing money at a cause cannot be wrong, but throwing yourself into a cause is invaluable both to the cause and to your own sense of self.

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