After two years of silence, from nowhere I found myself logging in my WP account, wanting to say something... have lots to talk about - the pressing issues in the lens of a grassroots activist.
First of all, I have rooted myself into grassroots/rural development; empowering children, women and girls at the grassroots, involving (and not forgetting) boys and men. My core values align with education, motivation and opportunity.
Where would this world be, without education? I am simply meaning knowledge acquisition, information sharing and exchange, inventions, innovations and rewards? Imagine for a second, living at the grassroots where all you hear (as a young girl) are your mates are getting married, having babies...yet you live in a dark world, without electricity or running, having two meals a day is almost impossible, and, education holds no meaning because by age 13 you will have no one to pay for your education, on top of this, no one around you gives you hope for your dreams.
Motivation is very important, ask yourself how often you motivate someone... we need to make it a routine, maybe those encouraging words are all someone around you needs to keep positive, to keep going.. self-reflection...you can also motivate yourself by reflecting on your strengths don't wait to someone to tell you how strong, kind, smart, beautiful or dedicated you are, you have to routinely have self-reflection... Do you have people who complain and grumble around you? Reminding them of their strengths and helping them have self-reflection could be a fair medicine.
Let's talk about opportunity...what opportunity do you have that others around you do not have? Leaving financial opportunity aside, knowledge sharing is as good as money! There are many ignorant people all around us, how do we help them become knowledgeable? Of course I cannot blame you for not knowing that a grassroots families hardly have breakfast, or die of starvation.. I cannot blame you when all you know about child marriage is that the parents force the girls to get married... I cannot blame you if you do not know that education is not free and that the grassroots children and young people pray daily to get supported... I cannot blame you if you do not know that there are women and men in this world struggling daily to make a better world for others but/and they themselves are struggling to meet their own needs....what opportunity do you give to the people around you?
How shall we make the world a better place for all? Is it even possible to make this world a better place? You and I are in charge of the world around us. We shouldn't wait for presidents, leaders, parents, relatives, or even children to do something; we can in our own capacities and locations.
Let's educate, motivate and give opportunities daily in order to create a better world for all.