#MDday13

Make a Difference Day 2013 is just around the corner! It’s Saturday, in fact.

When I think about the people who are making a splash of change in this world, my attention is focused on those working behind the scenes. The people in a play production whose arms you only see when they shove props out to the cast, or you never see at all. They’re the people who magically transform entire sets when the theater goes dark. The people who are running lights, sound, cast direction. People with titles like “gaffer” and we really don’t know what that means, but they’re important. Probably more important than what the average viewer realizes.

In the production of Life, these are the difference-makers I want to meet. And when I meet them I want to introduce them to you.

They’re the people who do what they do without a lot of fanfare. The people who make things happen without being in the spotlight. The folks who feed the hungry, nurse the sick, clean toilets and plow fields without so much as an acknowledgement. They’re the people who bring revolutionary change and at the end of each day, wipe the sweat off their brow and make a to-do list for the next. They never stop dreaming. Never stop innovating. Never stop changing.

Documenting their work is an honor. In the process of me gathering their story, it’s obvious they don’t think what they’re doing is a big deal. It’s almost as if I’m holding a mirror in front of them and for the first time, they’re seeing their reflection.

During Make a Difference Day 2013, I’m going to introduce you to a few of these people. Be inspired. Be enriched.

And let’s continue making a difference.

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