Friday, May 09, 2008

When ordinary people achieve extraordinary things

Jody Williams considers herself an ordinary person. In her essay, When ordinary people achieve extraordinary things, featured on public radio's This I Believe, she says,

It is possible for ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things. For me, the difference between an "ordinary" and an "extraordinary" person is not the title a person might have, but what that person does to make the world a better place for us all.
Williams was working a temp job, she says, when someone handed her a leaflet about activism as she exited the subway. Here's what she has to say about that.

Jodi Williams shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, of which she is a co-founder.

Think you can't make a difference? Think you don't have enough of whatever it might take? What's your passion? What do you love to do. Do that. Somewhere, in someone's life, you will make a difference. That is how we build the Village of Ordinary--by doing more of what we love to do, by being more of what we are, by sharing our passion with each other.

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