“Life is about hope. Hope is not something rooted in one political system or culture, or bound by the borders of one nation. Our yearning for progress is personal and universal, inspired not only by the dream of a better future, but by the courage and will to explore the possibilities of human potential.
Each of us has witnessed human triumph as well as tragedy– next door and across the globe. Our hearts have been lifted and broken. Every day, people around the world accept less. Less than they are capable of, and less than they deserve. We want to take action to help ourselves as well as our neighbours, but often we don’t know how.
Before we can change our circumstances, we must change our minds. True transformation requires an awareness and understanding of the lives of those around us, the development of strong partnerships and communities, a commitment to and belief in public service, and the means to support those goals. We have only to look to nature to see that each seed must be nurtured and cared for before it will one day grow into a tree that bears fruit. Storms may come. But there can be no limit to our resolve to help one another, and no barrier to progress that can withstand our shared will to cultivate a better world.
We must have a methodology and means of evaluating our success. But we must also learn to measure progress not just in terms of economic statistics, but in the belief that opportunity exists. We will measure strength not just through the metrics of social change, but in the strength of the emotional and human bonds we forge.
We all have our own journey in life. As we travel that path we may not be able to help everyone we meet, but each of us is able to help someone. And within each of us is a voice that says ‘I think I can do more.’
Like a pebble tossed into a pond, what we do today will spiral outward, touching the lives of those who follow. In this life we are all teachers, and we are all students. Our responsibility to ourselves and to one another is to learn, empower those around us, grow, and live our best lives.
And with all that we learn and achieve, to pass it on.”
Abhijit Pawar - Founder & Chairman, Delivering Change Foundation