I really enjoyed a talk Jacqueline Novogratz gave. Here are some quotes I pulled.

  • “Better immersion than to live untouched.” – Tillie Olsen
  • “Monsters exist in all of us. Or maybe not monsters so much but the broken parts of ourselves. Sadnesses. Secret shame…Easier to prey on those parts…to make us look at human beings as lesser than ourselves.”
  • What we really yearn for as human beings is to be visible to each other.

The last one really hit me. It’s so true. A lot of the issues I see in my community can be tied to issue of self-esteem, peer-pressure, a lack of attention/desperation to be validated.

I will definitely try to keep that in mind as I go through my last 13 months of service. Really, what is it that motivates people?