Fortunately, we get a bad news reprieve around Thanksgiving with predictable stories of dinners served, families reunited, and the less predictable rescue animals at hockey games.
An overbalance of bad news distorts our perception of the world.
In his 2012 TED talk, Peter Diamandis describes our potential to overcome our problems and make the world a better place. It’s been happening throughout the last century and into the current one. Today, people live longer healthier lives, enjoy higher incomes and lower cost utilities, have access to better education, and live in the world’s most peaceful time.
Diamandis focuses on technology as a means for increasing global education, communication and productivity. While I agree that technology promote these advances, I know that it always comes back to people.
My work with nonprofit organizations gives me a glimpse at the entrenched problems of our community as well as the good people who are addressing them. The determination and perseverance of the human spirit demonstrated by so many gives me hope.
We can tap this deep vein of resilience and hope through acceptance: opening ourselves to one another, acknowledging our differences and working together to address matters greater than ourselves.
When speaking of abundant energy, Diamandis says, “It’s not about being scarce, it’s about accessibility.” This is also true for human and community potential.
May we open ourselves to access this enormous potential for good.
Small teams, driven by their passion and focus, can do extraordinary things. Peter Diamandis
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