It's easy to take once glance at the wreckage and walk away... To just give up. There's too much damage, the infrastructure is destroyed and there is not enough money to rebuild - nor is the leadership in place to to set the vision and inspire the rebuilding. It is easy to see that Christchurch is in a very tough position.
I thought back to some of my previous learnings from this trip. The importance of setting a vision, of instilling dignity, and then giving the gift of ownership to the people that live here.
The sign was clearly made by a kid and it was beautiful, hanging above the emaciated concrete. It was so simple, yet it carried enormous gravitas - "San Francisco did it... So can we Christchurch".
|The Star on the right: "San Francisco did it... So Can We Christchurch!!!|
Around the globe, people are improving the world we live in every day. They are pursuing meaningful careers, are volunteering with more organizations, and are starting and supporting social enterprises.
And if they can do it, so can we.
But you can do it, to. Whatever it is, just go for it. Terry Fox did - and if you don't think this is one of the most amazing and inspiring videos ever, then please let me know what is better: