Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's YOUR world.

In this chapter, I like how they use the Alcoholic Anonymous maxim of "One day at a time." That is exactly how we should live our lives. There is nothing we can do about the past and that is why we should live in the present. Don't stress about the future because today has enough worries of its own. To make a difference in the world, we must start out with baby steps..."One day at a time." I have greatly been encouraged to get involved through my church. I have been going to Living Streams since my Sophomore year of high school and the church is always making me aware of ways I can help. I have been on countless Missions Trips to Mexico and even ventured as far as Belize. These are huge, but there is stuff as simple enough, as creating a shoebox of goodies for a soldier overseas.

If people take the time to open their eyes, they could see that help is needed everywhere.
The opportunities are endless, you just have to be willing to be that answered prayer. In chapter three, Cornel describes leaving one's comfort zone as, "stepping out on nothing, hoping to land on something." We cannot wait until everything is perfect to stand up, if we do, that time will never come. Adam says, "I've learned that going ahead and doing the best you can is better than waiting until you have all the answers." He is a perfect example of the little steps. The little steps that brought him to run a fifty-million-dollar-a-year national organization. If individuals find a passion and run with it, your bound to have some followers. Just like Allison who stood up at the town meeting even though she was red-faced and nervous. After she voiced her opinion, she realized all the other people felt the same way, they were just too scared to take a stand. Each step prepares us for the next and it just takes that courageous person to actually take that first step. Getting involved is a win-win situation. Individuals are helping others along with themselves.

My passion has always been to help others, whatever way that may be. There is no reason to be in fear because there will always be at least one person who agrees with you. Whether they are in another state or Arizona, you are not alone. Everyone has their own, unique abilities to contribute, and that is how success is achieved. I believe I have the skill of being a leader. I have been designated this role and have also stepped up
in a time of need. I have been a captain on both high school and club soccer. This had many different meanings. I had to be a good example, go above and beyond the call of duty, be complementary and positive (mainly due to the fact that most of my coaches lacked this skill and I had to step in to give my players confidence again), organized and responsible, just to name a few. Also, in school, when I am assigned group projects, I am usually the one to take initiative. Someone has to step up to keep things productive and that is usually me! I think my experience with sports has given me the courage and confidence to be a leader. I am also a hard worker and will put forth the effort until things are done right. My drive to be successful usually encourages others around me to raise their standard also. I know that SLICE is full of leaders. Leaders are the people that will and are capable of making a difference in this world. It is truly a blessing for me to work with so many people that want to be that answered prayer.


Feven Surafel said...

I totally should be taken step by step. Loeb even states in his book that as children we had to learn how to crawl before we could learn how to walk.

Dr. V said...

For AA members, one step at a time is their mantra. They know accomplishing everything at once will not work and to take those baby steps before leaping into anything.

Enrique Cardon said...

While I hate to quote High School Musical...(I actually don't) what they say about having "Right here, Right now" is an important thing. I know that a lot of times we think about the long term effects, how it will turn out in the end, but sometimes making a difference right now can make a huge difference. If we don't act now, then we never will. Today is always here, but tomorrow never arrives.