Thursday, November 06, 2008
Audrey Hepburn: Legacy of Caring
The Children's Fund website links to this fairly new video about Audrey's former work with UNICEF, and it ties in nicely with what the fund and UNICEF are doing to help the children of the world. As Tuesday reminded all the world, not just the United States, what one country does affects us all, and the younger generations have as big a say in what happens to our world as any other generation. For too many years humanity has turned too far inward and cared only about themselves as individuals, and because of that far too many people are suffering. Now that we're beginning to wake up and look around, we need to not only dust ourselves off but pick up those who were tossed to the wayside and forgotten during our darker moments.
If the events of November 4, 2008 taught us anything, it's that change comes from the bottom up. Ordinary people like you and me are the harbingers of change: together we change the world, not the politicians. We can fix what's wrong with our world; it may take a while, a very long while, but it can be done. Audrey believed this with all her heart and worked 'til the end with this belief, and while it didn't happen in her lifetime, maybe it can happen in ours. We won't know unless we try. I have no specific agenda in sharing this with you, besides the hope that you will appreciate all that you do have, and know what power you have in this world.
"Our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared." -President-Elect Barack Obama
"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." -Time-Tested Beauty Tips by Sam Levenson, read by Audrey to her childen on their last Christmas together