We’re told every day, ‘You can’t change the world.’ But the world is changing every day. Only question is…who’s doing it? You or somebody else?
J. Michael Straczynski
This last week, we made our final donation of 2015. We helped keep pets with their senior or disabled owners. We helped women veterans recover from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). And we sent $1,632 to help feed and shelter some of the 10 million Syrians displaced by the ongoing Civil War. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be a part of this awesome group of people. You can find the charities we supported last year at this link.
Reflecting on the work we’ve done so far, but with so much work to do, I thought back to a month I spent in Russia as a student abroad while I was in high school. This was a difficult time for Russia. The Soviet Union had dissolved but the future was unknown. The ruble was collapsing amid the fear and uncertainty.
One day, I was walking down a narrow street darkened by two tall, imposing, and cheerless apartment buildings. Clotheslines were strung from the small windows to the building across the street, and laundry was hung up to dry.
From someone’s window, this song floated down to me. At the time, it captured perfectly the feeling of being both afraid of the future and hopeful about it. It spoke to the yearning that things were bad, had been bad for some time, but it can be better. It will be better.
Today, as I look at the world around us, there is darkness and struggle. Sometimes, it feels as if we are on the edge of ruin– or on the edge of greatness.
As we close out 2015, I’d like to leave you with this song. The world doesn’t get better by itself. It gets better because people like us do something to make it better. Thank you for being part of the wind of change and moving this world toward greatness.