This week I had a compelling personal call to action about my commitment to inspire people and to truly make a difference in the lives of others. This afternoon I felt like I had been punched in the gut after thinking about the unfortunate death of Florida Teen Trayvon Martin who was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman as he walked from the store, 6-year-old Aliyah Shell who was shot as she sat on her front porch with her mother, and the other 40 people shot last weekend in the City of Chicago. When does the madness stop! Almost four months into the year and Chicago has already hit the 100 homicide mark for 2012. This is the fastest in seven years.
So today I questioned myself, What more can I do? My answer was SOMETHING. I’ve watched the news, tweeted about it, and had countless conversations about it and at the end of the day, I had to ask myself, Have I made a difference in my community? I know that I am only one person and I can’t save the world, but if I can touch one person, maybe two, and if more people had this outlook, I think our city could be better. It’s not just up to the Parents, Pastors and Community leaders, Police, Mayor, President Obama, but it’s up to US too, whether it’s through motivational speaking, blogging, mentoring, rallying and other programs. So today I ask you, we all want it to stop, What more can you do?