"A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed."
— Desmond Tutu

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Doing Something

This is an older story, but I came across it while searching for stories of ubuntu today. I put it on the back burner, thinking that it was a nice story, but not as current as I would have liked.

But I couldn't stop thinking about it. While it might be "yesterday's news," the idea behind it is just as relavent today.

One woman with one idea. Most great ideas that radically change the course of history begin with one great idea. A choice, really. Do I give this man money (or even a smile...), or do I drive by? Do I let the person with the screaming baby and ten items ahead of me in line, or do I save myself three minutes? Do I see suffering and do something, or do I do nothing?

Rachel O'Neill decided to do something, and that is powerful. We are confronted so many times during the course of a single day with the opportunity to "do something;" to make a choice that might have a significant impact. Her choice resulted in something far greater than she ever imagined.

What could be the results of the choices we make? What might they become?

Read about her here:

And read about (and contribute to) her project here:

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