Saturday, August 22, 2009

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person by person.” Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997), born Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. Thankfully she had the guts and good sense to start her mission alone.

Think about starting something in your world today? Take initiative and follow your inner guide – at work do whatever it takes to accomplish your work: listen attentively, ask questions, learn all you can about the things you work on and then provide the energy to move it ahead ; at home be aware of the latest techniques and information to help your family be safe, secure and happy: healthy living, regular exercise, programs that involve everyone and great group discussions; in your community learn what needs to be done: food banks and community gardens and beautification projects and volunteerism; and then just do it. Imagine if Mother Teresa waited for someone to tell her it was ok to create the Missionaries to help people with leprosy – it would never have gotten started. Imagine what you could accomplish with a little foresight, a big will and a lot of courage. Start one thing alone today and see what happens.

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