September 23, 2013

We Are Not Here to Do Everything, We Are Here to Do Something. {Video}

“One is not born in the world to do everything but to do something.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

This is the story of Maggie Doyne—a young teenager ready to pursue a college education after graduating from high school. Maggie felt as though she needed to learn more about herself, so in lieu of college, she decided to take a year off and travel the world.

Throughout her travels, Maggie found herself in Nepal. She saw children that had been orphaned and in poverty, unable to attend school and forced to work laborious jobs to be able to eat. She wanted to do something, but felt that one person could not do enough.

That’s when a thought occurred to her: “What if I can just help one?”

With that as a motive, she paid for one child to get a uniform and enroll in school. This soon led to a few more children, which led to her using her life savings to purchase a plot of land for a school that now has more than 300 students enrolled.

Sometimes we feel like one person is not enough to change the world; in reality, it only takes one person. You have the capacity to influence someone’s life.

What will you do?

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Ed: Sara Crolick

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laurakutney May 29, 2014 9:34am

This was just incredible. Thank you Dana! xo, Laura

envisionhealing Oct 12, 2013 9:25am

It's easy for us to feel overwhelmed by our inability to solve all of the world's problems…I've been feeling really discouraged on that front lately. Your article reminds me that we don't have to solve them all alone, we just need to do our part. Keeping that in mind relieves the fearful overwhelmed-ness enough to really do something. You rock!

melissa Oct 6, 2013 7:36pm


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Dana Gornall

Dana Gornall is a mom of three crazy kids and a dog. She works as a licensed massage therapist in Amherst, Ohio and is a certified sign language interpreter. She is always looking forward to even more personal growth. While not interpreting, doing massage, or being with her family she loves going to yoga. You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.