“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” We’ve all seen this Ghandi quote plastered on our Facebook page, gracing posters, and plaques, jewellery, t-shirts and coffee mugs. But really, what does that mean? As the world’s problems and the suffering of certain groups engulfs us, really what can we do? It’s easy to let the overwhelming need lead to complacency and continue on with our lives. Which is why I’m encouraged by how Heather Davies has gained an empathy from her personal struggles, and responded by creating awareness of the plight of others. Here’s what she says:
“Hi, my name is Heather Davies. For the past two years, I have been struggling with a head injury. As a result, I have been unable to work, drive or be a normal 20-something. Through this experience I have had a tiny look into suffering and it has given me a greater heart to fight the suffering of others in the world. While I cannot change my own circumstances or fight my own suffering, I have realized that with help from friends, WE CAN make a difference in the suffering of others. To this end, I have decided to throw The Beauty from Ashes Gala, a night to benefit the life changing work being done by a couple of small but incredible organizations that are working tirelessly to fight suffering in the lives of women and children locally and/or globally.”
The Beauty for Ashes Gala is brought together over 300 people to encounter causes that Heather chose to highlight and she raised over $10,500 to support them. We’re thrilled that Basha’s kantha blankets were included in the products available at the gala!
It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by need, but what if each one of us found one thing we could do and mobilized 300 people to join us. This gala is one day instigated by one person. Just think if each of us followed Heather’s example and turned our struggles into and opportunity to see need and to do something about it. Organizing a gala might not be your thing, but what is? Pick a cause that’s burdening you. Investigate what work is being done in that area and find a group or two who’s ethos and action match your values and passion. Then find out how to support them. Do they need money? Do they need skills you have to offer? Do they need awareness raising? Knowing the myriad of ways Basha has been built by many people contributing in ways that seemed small to them, I can attest to the power individuals can have.
Happy birthday, Heather. Thank you for recognizing the plight of others and finding a way to help right where you are!
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” -Elie Wiesel