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How much can one person really do?

Lately I've been struggling with this question, and with the thought, 'what am I really accomplishing with my life?' Two things have prompted this journal entry: today is my 32nd birthday, and I've been reading "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Here is a woman who has really struggled and fought to gain knowledge and change her life. It's been an eye-opening read, and I recommend it. Yet I don't want to simply close the book and return it to the shelf. I want to add my voice to the many voices raising up for change. But how? and where? and what do I say? I am a simple, middle-class Canadian with a small social circle. And I often feel that my feeble attempts to help may never accomplish as much as a person like Ayaan.

I guess though, it's the little things isn't it? It's the letter I write to my sponsored child in Ghana. It's joining the Rafiki Club on this website to connect with women in Kenya. But it's also the person in my own city of Edmonton who I don't ignore or brush off. It's taking the time to listen to someone's problems. It's doing the best I can with what I have been given.

I yearn to do more though. It's almost an ache in my heart. Perhaps joining this site is another small step towards being able to look at my life and feel proud of what I have accomplished.


I think that is what attracts us and keeps us coming back is meeting woman like you are feeling exactly as we do too! I think that one saying "think globally, act locally" should be valued more since it is all of us doing our little bit that will change things, that is what I believe. When it can seem like "too much" then you come here and meet woman from all areas in the world and then can know that you are not alone and it is not too much since each takes on her own little bit and working together it gets done.

I haven't read that book but added it to my list of ones to look for, thanks for mentioning it! Wow, 32, congratulations. I think that is a good time when you are feeling like you are a 'real adult' now, more confident and sure of yourself, yet "young" enough to go for your dreams with time to accomplish them.


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I think by sharing you are

I think by sharing you are making a bigger difference than you know. Others will have the courage to speak up because of something you say.

For all of life is like that race with ups and downs and all. And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” They still shout in my face. But another voice within me says “GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!” DH Groberg

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