Following our passion can lead to action. I am always inspired by the energetic endeavors so many of my friends undertake to make the world and their communities a better place. They volunteer and work within their faith, take on a formidable cause and even run for political office. Knowing them is humbling and a reminder that all involvement large and small makes a big impact on the lives of people. Maybe the stories of these women I call friends will inspire you too.
When my friend Kari Gang hears about a natural disaster, she puts her busy life on hold and goes to that locale to help. Puerto Rico was her most recent trip. She writes beautifully about her motivation, her preparation, the long tiring days of physical labor and suggests small steps we can all take in our daily lives to help curb these catastrophic events. Kari inspires me to think about the larger world and how some of my own actions can impact the lives of other people facing trouble.
Naomi Bechtold decided to run for State Senate in Indiana. “I realized I’d rather be the one making the laws to help us…” It is easy to see a problem, complain about it and let that be the end of it. It is harder to take the next step toward action. Naomi inspires me to move beyond talk (and complaining about a situation) and take an active role in the community.
Susan Reuter Smith is active in a local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America. Her passion turned activism is part of a national movement to promote sensible gun legislation. Susan has inspired me to create a special clay art project to help raise money for the local group in Frederick in the coming months.
What is your passion? Have you taken any action to support it? Any step big or small has impact. To borrow an ad campaign from Nike, "Just Do It".