Sunday, March 18, 2012

We Are Who We Are Until


We all are who we are until that moment when we strive for something greater. –Brad Meltzer

People who strived:

Two kids so poor they drew on butcher paper and one country in massive need of a hero.
Result: You got it, Superman.

One guy, one trip to Argentina, 200 pairs of shoes, and one crowded apartment.
Result: Toms Shoes

our movement


One man plus seventeen cows.
Result: Heifer International (which by the way now equals 8.5 million lives changed in 125 different countries).


There's something inspiring about tiny dreams morphing into big change. Do you know the beginnings of any world changers? Are you taking teeny steps towards change in your life or the life of another?

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Thanks to all who left details about their hometowns in Somehow, I Live in the South. Your words and stories made me like you even more.

Favorite comments from Somehow, I Live in the South:


Susan and facts about pronghorn antelope that live near her in Wyoming. Jen telling us about the Lucille Ball Museum and Lucille Ball festivals in Western New York. Amy sharing details about her home in Beijing. Oh, and I can't forget Jean because hello, her home in Ohio is also home to the Etch a Sketch and Dum Dums.

I mean, really, I couldn't make that stuff up if I tried. You people are fun. F-U-N.

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Linking with Jen.

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18 comments:

Kara said...

I LOVE stories like those.
Love.
So encouraging and inspiring.
Full of possibilities!

In our own small way--the adoption journey was like that for us.
But--I felt like the reverse happened. It was more about how WE were changed when we stepped out. I'm thankful.

Cassi Brightforest said...

Inspiring. Goes with my favorite saying "Be the change you want to see in the world" Ghandi

amandatdodson said...

What a great Monday morning post! Let's change the world this week :)

Amy Sullivan said...

Kara,
Perfect example. I think every person I've ever met who has adopted has said they intended to change life for someone, but instead walked away changed.

Amy Sullivan said...

Cassi,
One of my favorite quotes as well...which is funny because I almost wrote a post about favorite quotes, but didn't, and then you brought it up anyway!

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Amy Sullivan said...

Happy Monday to my friend, Amanda!

Kendal said...

one man reluctantly helping a church group in charlotte with some shoe boxes full of christmas cheer - operation christmas child.

love this post - inspiring, as always!

Jessi said...

Just wanted you to know that I'm totally loving your blog! Seriously. I'm reading every post. Thank you!

Shannon Milholland said...

Our church, Hope of Memphis, has made a 20 year commitment to the poorest zip code in the country. It is home to Manassas High School whose football team is featured in the recently Academy Award Winning "Undefeated". It is amazingly rewarding to be a part of a church that cares so deeply for the poor and truly believes and helps to make stories like Undefeated a reality!

Alene said...

Love this! I want to be a world changer with my dreams. Taking small steps and hoping lives change in the process. Love your heart Amy!

messymiddle.com said...

This IS inspiring. But it also leaves me a bit depresss :). I wonder what I am doing with my life and if I'm doing anything of significance. On the surface, my life DOES look like it's making a difference ... but from the inside looking out, I'm less sure! Amy

3dlessons4life said...

Awesome post -- such a great reminder that God will use anyone who is willing to step up to the plate and take a swing. -- Right before reading this post, I was over at Kristen Welch's blog "We are THAT Family." She is definitely an ordinary girl doing extraordinary things for God in Kenya. Inspiring!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

This post reminds me of a chat I had this week with Diana (mutual Soli Sister). I had responded to a post she had written on having a God sized dream. In her response to me she said, "I think ANY dream can be a God-sized dream."

I am wondering as I read your post, what the world would see, if we really believed that.

Personally, I am trying to dream a bit more ... which is sometimes a struggle for this very practical girl.

Beautiful post, Amy.

Fondly,
Glenda

redemptionsbeauty said...

You are fun, that's why so many have your blog on their blogroll! This was inspiring Amy, thanks. And I clicked over to your living in the south post from last week too. Don't know how I missed it, but I laughed - out loud - because it is so true.

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Amy, I think our teaching is all about watching tiny dreams morphing into big change!

And yes, we're taking tiny steps here right now. Ever so tiny, but in the right direction.

I need to write about steps sometime. You've inspired. I was on the path and was halted in my steps one morning...

Thanks for your sweet comment!

Jean Wise said...

Glad you like my county's trivia about etch a sketch and dum dun=ms. Did I mention the soybean field you can stand in and be in three states at the same time? true!

But seriously, love that quote. something to really think about.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the inspiration Amy. I am going to go back and read the Somehow I Live in the South--sounds like great stuff.

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