I am so often amazed at our propensity as a species for horrific acts of barbarism, and yet we are also capable of performing astonishing miracles, to show bigger-than-life determination. A few hours ago, I finished reading Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. To be so open to the universe, to be so single-minded to help others… I could not help but be overwhelmed by the magnitude not of the task Mortenson has set for himself, but what he has achieved.

His story shows that you can conquer language barriers, cultural differences, financial issues, and move mountains. His story demonstrates that knowledge is power is bullshit, unless you take action. And it is a humbling story. I was moved to make a donation to his organisation, the Central Asia Institute (CAI), because I believe, as he does, that education is the key to overcoming violence, oppression, ignorance, poverty and hopelessness. I also truly believe that if you educate women, you see even bigger results. It is not just about being inspired by his story, but helping, too.

I want to spread the word about the amazing work he and his loyal team does. You can learn more on the Three Cups of Tea website, as well as the CAI website. If you order the book through the book’s website, a percentage of sales go towards the organisation’s mission. I want to read his next book, Stones into Schools, that continues his amazing story. It just shows how we can all make a difference, no matter how small we feel, or how little money we have.

It takes compassion, empathy, reaching out, and the willingness to believe in the best of our humanity. These are not difficult things; we just lose sight of them in the humdrum of daily life.

I can only urge you to pick up the book, share it, and think about how you can make a difference.

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