Imagination Embraces All That We Can Be, And What Our World Could Be

_Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere_ Chinese Proverb

Do you want to change the world?

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

  – Nelson Mandela

One of my favorite non-profits is “The Unstoppable Foundation”.  Cynthia Kersey started this foundation out a burning desire to make a difference. Over the years that I have been supporting her work we have become friends. They have a sponsor a village model that they use across Africa, which brings not only education, which I believe is primary, but also clean drinking water and sanitation, medical, food and nutrition, and they help educate the parents for empowerment and income training, so they can raise up the entire village.  The plan is that after five years, the villages are self supporting and no longer need any aid.  Last year the first female student to graduate was accepted into college.  The five year plan is working.

And if we want to achieve our goal, then let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge, and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness.

  – Malala Yousafzi

What Malala has done so successfully, is that she makes peace heroic. Success comes about not because of what you accomplish for yourself with wisdom, but because of what you inspire others to do. We all love being inspired by a hero. We are all hungry for meaning in our lives. Malala is bringing that meaning to many young girls and women around the world through education with her foundation.

Education is the beginning of the answer.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

  – Socrates

Education is the beginning of the journey. This is because book knowledge will only get you so far. The kindling of the flame is in being curious, in the “wonder” of application of the knowledge.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

  – Socrates

When you learn something, it starts with the brain, taking it in. Then it is important to download that knowledge down into the heart so that it can be transmuted into wisdom. Wisdom comes from the correct use of that knowledge. Like the American Indian story, we all have two wolves inside of us, one good and one bad. Who wins is the one we feed.

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

  – Aristotle

Martin Luther King Jr. stated that we needed to develop a world perspective, instead of a loyalty to some race, tribe or nation. I think that education of girls and young women has really taken this world perspective on, as it is moving from just a few countries around the world, to envelop the whole world. It will take them out of child marriages. It will provide them with both opportunity and choices.

It will not only take these individual women out of poverty, it will lift entire nations our of poverty. It is what will bring the world out of darkness and into the light. It is both hope and peace. Educating the minds, hearts and souls of everyone is what will change the world.

But what about us, as in each of us? 

Education is the beginning of transformation.  Dedicate yourself to daily learning via books, audios, seminars and coaching. 

  – Robin Sharma

Many of us ended our formal education years ago, whether it was completing high school, trade school, or college.  But what have we been doing lately to continue our education, as part of our transformational process?  Some of us are book readers and some of us are not.  They have audio books now that can help those who hate to read, and it makes the commute to and from work have a whole lot less road rage. 

If I was to ask you how many books you read so far this year what would the answer be?  None, 1 or 2?  So, if you can’t make room in your busy life for books, what can you make room for?  In todays world with smartphones and apps like Kindle, it is really easy to have a book with you where ever you go.  Then whenever you are standing in a line, read a paragraph or two.  You would be surprised how many books you can read in a year doing this.  Especially in doctor offices and the DMV –  you could read a whole book in those waiting rooms – lol.

If you think that you are ready to take more wisdom into your life, I invite you to join our LemonadeMakers Club.  Come immerse yourself in transformational learning and thinking.  Come help us change the world.

 
 
Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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