What drives my passion?
Hearts, minds, and souls link each other, awakening ideas and creating connections that inspire me to act. I know that each of us has the power to touch what we deliberately focus on in surprising ways.
Growing up in the fifties and sixties brought shocking realities and powerful opportunities for me to get involved in promoting basic human rights. People around me supported my engagement in these struggles. When I taught in northern Ghana (1974-1976) as a Peace Corp Volunteer, I witnessed positive and subtle changes, however small, resulting from collaborative and problem-solving interactions between human beings of widely varying backgrounds. I saw the possibilities of world synergy.
Upon arriving back in the States, I found that the tones and meaning of the African drums had permeated my heart and soul. Combined with previous experiences of the power of human connection, I chose to actively disrupt my entire view of the education needed to drive local and global cha
nge. Educating children to experience reality, to interact in the world, and to learn to serve globally became part of my life.
Experiencing the sustainable directions that emerge from connecting children and young adults in multi-cultural pursuits is compelling. Seeing their resulting joy and belief in life convinces me that the work is imperative. Listening to deep reflections that unfold into new perspectives and spiraling commitments drives the passion beyond incredible obstacles. I see a world that could be theirs and ours.