Be the Change

March 12, 2011

This book by Trenna Cormack is the one to read if you’ve run dry of inspiration or find yourself wondering where to go next. It tells the stories of various people who have dedicated their lives to change the world. It’s called Be The Change rather than Do The Change because most of these stories, (some of well-known activists and others of people who’ve come out of the woodwork of common humanity), reveal that action that brings about lasting change usually rises from the ashes of some personal re-evaluation of what it means to be alive. Often crisis of one kind or another is what will bring us to the edge of our assumptions and provoke in us the question ‘what can I do?’ ‘How might I alleviate the suffering I am witnessing right now, in myself and in the world around me?’ For me one quote from Taddy Blecher of the CIDA Foundation, which set up the first free university in Sub Saharan Africa: ‘Just begin to weave and God will provide the thread…I could never go back…to being on a little treadmill taking care of myself and my own selfish interests. There’s no happiness in that. There’s only happiness, I believe, in serving.’