A Think or Two

Cross Cultural Solutions — Changing the World

In December of 2015 I attended the 20th anniversary of an organization that is truly changing the world.  It was founded by someone whom I admire and respect and who I am honored to call a close friend.  Steve Rosenthal began Cross Cultural Solutions with the vision and desire to make the world a better place.  So many years later, he continues to do so.  He will quietly admit that it wasn’t alway easy, but it was always worth it.  The ripple of love and hope he and his organization created is without a doubt a gift to us all.  He is an inspiration in many ways.

When I first showed Steve my book he was so thrilled that there was a message like this out there.  He had firsthand experience about what I was talking about when I said that understanding each other is much easier than we think.  When he asked if he could take some books with him and his team to the places they would visit and volunteer around the globe I was filled with pride.

In the picture above is Zula, one of the kids from my book who was inspired by a real-life young girl from Africa, named Precious.  She wrote a touching letter after getting and reading the book.  When I read the letter I was overwhelmed by the idea that someone so very far away had been inspired by my ideas — by my energy.  She in turn gave that energy back to me.  This simple exchange of gratitude has stayed with me always and is the deeper text of what The Whole Human Race is about.

Steve took the book to other countries as well and got similar responses of gratitude which he passed on with such enthusiasm.   I will always be grateful to him for believing in me and my message of diversity, understanding and acceptance.  I encourage anyone interested in doing something truly powerful in their lives to check out www.crossculturalsolutions.com and see what they are all about.  It’s worth it!  Thanks for thinking with me…  Tim

Making a Difference

Can I make a difference?  Can you make a difference?  Can WE make a difference….

Yes!

It’s not easy.  It won’t happen overnight.  Don’t expect praise.  People may not understand or even care.  But if we decide to make the world a better place — to accept others, to learn, to acknowledge, to grow and give back, to reach out, to ask questions, to SPEAK UP!  We will make a difference.

I know it’s not easy.  I wrote this book many years ago with a dream that I could affect change.  I knew I would have to be the “little engine that could.”  I will admit that there were times when I ran out of steam and I stopped still in my tracks.  I admit that there were so many times that I could not see the sun beyond the hill I was climbing that I stopped climbing.  I will also admit that just when I felt like giving up it was someone or something that would bring me back to that idealist-self that wrote this book and believed that peace had to begin with kids.

I still believe that with all of my spirit.  And, there are many, many people out there who are doing everything they can to make the world a better place in their own way.  Every one of the them could use an extra voice, an extra hand, and one more believer.

Don’t sit idle and let the world become a place where fear turns into hatred and hatred becomes an accepted way of life.  Then there is no peace.  There is no unity.

When I was a kid we had a rooster named Henry.  He was blind in one eye and had a bad leg but it didn’t bother him. Every morning when the sun would rise he would crow a proud and awakening crow.  If the clouds covered the sun he’d crow to his flock.  If the sun came back out he’d crow to them again.  When one of his hens laid an egg, he’d crow about that.  Henry crowed because he had something to say and he crowed because he could!

Find something to crow about and crow!  I’d love to have you share my message and I’d be happy to hear about something that matters to you. The picture above is my sister, Kelly, reading the book to 3rd and 4th graders.  I will always be grateful for her belief in me and my message. Thanks for thinking with me…  Tim