week forty-three

May 10, 2011

I read this incredible book this week, called A Thousand Sisters by Lisa Shannon, it’s her story about how she is moved to action after seeing a clip on Oprah about the genocide and war in Congo, known as the worst place in the world to be a woman. She begins her own charity “Run for Congo Women” and travels to the Congo to meet the ‘sisters’ she sponsors. A worthwhile, but intense read, filled with the horrific stories of the atrocities the women have lived through, but also their amazing spirit, and hope that we can help and make a difference.

“You always thought you could change the world. You were right”.  

That sentence in the book jumped out at me, and has stuck with me. Combine that with the movie Born to be Wild about two incredible women making an incredible impact on the lives of baby elephants and orangutans, and my urge to help is stronger than ever. I felt like this since meeting Pailin, but real life can steamroll over it. I need to not let it. This is what I am looking for, the opportunity to help change the world and to make a difference for the better. To not sit idly by.

good things (week forty-three).

. seeing the incredible Born to be Wild movie (featuring one of my fosters, Sities)
. lunch and wanderings with Christa in Gatineau
. phone call with the parentals
. finally making it out to The Black Sheep for an evening of great music
. brunch with Karen and Karen
. skype chat with Cil, only a few weeks till her Italian wedding
. helping put on two successful CPAWS events

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