Thursday, September 6, 2012

Truly Empowering

Have you ever heard a piece of music that compelled you to dance?

Have you ever seen a video that has brought you to tears?

Have you ever read something that gave you a sense of strength and power?


There are so many beautiful blogs out there, but it's the words on the page that bring me back time after time, post after post.  I get the opportunity to delve into the minds of others.  Sometimes, their thoughts are gut-wrenching... sarcastic... fanciful... or brave.  And sometimes, the writer will grant her readers the gift of empowerment.  When that happens, it's amazing.

Once upon a past life, I worked for an AmeriCorps non-profit called City Year.  After a year in NYC, I moved to Los Angeles to be a part of the founding team of the site.  It was an exciting and challenging year with obstacles I wouldn't have imagined and friendships that carried me through the year.  Boundless idealists at work, we were.  I am sure that I will never work with such a diverse group again!  Along the way, we contributed different pieces of ourselves, and in the end, closed out the year with new perspective.

Since then, we've splintered across the country to pursue different things, but there is a common bond of City Year and service work that we'll always share.  Of course, Facebook serves as the easiest way to keep up with everyone!  Recently, my old friend Mel started a blog and reached out to me to catch up, and well, talk about blogging! 

Mel started the blog Small Group of Thoughtful People, inspired by the following quotation by Margaret Mead:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. 
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

This blog literally seeks to discover those who change the world.  It's brilliant!  Quite honestly, I was disappointed I didn't think of it first!  Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Mel features an individual or group of people who are creating change and positively impacting their communities.  Two of my favorite recent posts are:

Every time I read a new post, I am reminded how much one person can do.  It is truly empowering.  And inspiring!

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Jess said...

Gosh Lindz, your posts are always so inspiring!
I can't explain it, but you have such a gift with words!

I just love you a ton. :)

Melanie Gleason said...


Thank you so much for the kind words and write-up! It means a lot to me, and I am so glad we've reconnected. Now, we can share the blogging experience versus the ol' days at CYLA. ;) Thanks for following along, and I always look forward to reading your posts on my google reader, too!

Lots of love,