With the weather a bit blustery and snowy, I decided to take the opportunity to stay indoors. I began to read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Sheryl WuDunn. It was recommended by two friends within the last month, and boy does it resonate with me.
So far, the words and stories have taken me on a whirlwind of emotions. From personal accounts of girls being sold into brothels for prostitution, who were then coaxed into obedience by beatings and meth, these girls have had their childhoods stripped away from them. But to think that many have been freed, and have been able to turn their lives around, gives hope for the future.
Hope is a beautiful thing.
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ~Dale Carnegie
A few excerpts from the book I’ve highlighted:
-Never give up.
-Helping people is difficult and unpredictable, and our interventions don’t always work, but successes are possible, and these victories are incredibly important.
-Even when a social problem is so vast as to be insoluble in its entirety, it’s still worth mitigating. We may not succeed in educating all the girls in poor countries, or in preventing all women from dying in childbirth, or in as saving all the girls who are imprisoned in brothels.
But listen to the lesson learned from this Hawaiian parable:
A man goes out on the beach and sees that it is covered with starfish that have washed up in the tide. A little boy is walking along, picking them up and throwing them back in the water.
“What are you doing, son?” the man asks. “You see how many starfish there are? You’ll never make a difference.”
The boy paused thoughtfully, and picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean.
“It sure made a difference to that one,” he said.
Credit: Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn