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October 2018

Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary

“Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. “  Ernest Hemingway

I heard this quote recently and it really stayed with me. I love the knowledge that every moment of every day, we have an opportunity to make a better choice. That our actions and the choices we make every day are the basis for many outcomes and impacts for the future.

In the big picture of life, decisions take on a different perspective.  Decisions large and small matter. Something as small as choosing stairs instead of elevator or water instead of soda or choosing community service instead of television. It all matters to your personal well-being, our community, and our planet. We can be kind to ourselves and not beat ourselves up if mistakes or wrong paths are taken, or just self-care.  We want to learn and grow form mistakes and rejuvenate from our busy lives in a balanced way and always keep moving forward one step at a time.

In reading Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge” we feel uplifted realizing the powerful ripple effect that is possible from even one person working to make our world a better place. Near and far, many young people are stepping up and acting collectively for social and environmental causes and it gives great hope for our future. It all brings to mind a famous quote by American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Right here in Rhode Island, our own Wendy Fachon tells us about what is happening in our communities.  In “Young Voices for Education Equity” on page 26 we learn how low income youth are learning advocacy skills to speak out. And in “Youth Petition DEM to Mitigate Climate Change” Fachon talks about how Nature’s Trust RI has teamed up with adults and youth to challenge the public right to natural resources. More hope for our future, closer to home.

As the season’s transition and the days grow shorter, today is a perfect time to take a look at where we are and strive to be better. My note today is what I take Hemmingway’s quote to mean.  Striving to make better decisions, one at a time so that collectively our lives and the planet are a little better, every day. Be passionate about your conscience and your life among your fellow human beings. Please commit to participate in our future together. As November approaches, commit to vote and help others see that together, we make a difference.

To inner peace and endless growth,

 

Maureen Cary
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