While vacationing in Greece, Milana Vayntrub saw something she could not ignore—and would never forget.
Boats. Tiny boats, designed to hold about 12 people, but packed with 40 or 50 people each. Boats sailing towards the shore. Boats filled with Syrian refugees, crying and singing, holding their children tightly, so grateful to see dry land.
The refugees landed with soaking wet shoes, tired, hungry, terrified, and homeless.
In that moment, Milana realized,
“I don’t know how to solve this huge crisis. But I can’t do nothing.”
She decided to stay in Greece awhile longer, and she began volunteering to help the refugees in any way she could. Dry shoes. A hot meal. Eventually she produced a mini documentary film about what was happening there, hoping to inspire people around the world to listen to that voice in your heart that says, “I can’t just stand by and do nothing.”
We all have some type of issue, crisis, or situation that breaks our hearts.
For me, it’s seeing women commit acts of violence towards their bodies with crazy, dangerous diets.
For you, maybe it’s the refugee crisis, poverty, homeless pets, garbage in the streets, homophobia, unethical business practices, the way that elderly people are treated in our society, texting and driving, the lack of female CEOs, or the fact that performing arts programs are regularly slashed from public school budgets.
What makes you want to cry? What makes you want to scream? What triggers the “Oh helllllo no!” lioness roar inside of you?
Whatever it is, you can always do something to make a difference. Your can use your voice, your money, or your time. Your way of helping might be preparing one sandwich. It might be a one hundred thousand dollar donation. It might be publishing a blog post that opens people’s minds and eyes. What you choose to do might be front page news or it might be one small, quiet gesture of kindness. It all counts.
If your heart is saying, “I can’t do nothing,” then do something.
Even if you’re acting alone, doing something very small, your efforts are not futile.
Your “something” might inspire someone else to do “something” and before long, 300,000+ people are doing all kinds of “somethings” to make the world a better place. That’s how change happens. One something at a time.
Never underestimate the power of one courageous woman who decides that she can’t stand by and do nothing.
P.S. Wanna do something with your life? Here are a few upcoming events I’m hosting and I’d love for you to join me!
BARE – NYC – July 15-17, 2016
An unforgettable weekend that’s all about celebrating your body—at any size—complete with hair, makeup, personal styling, a photo shoot, cooking lessons, and coaching to help you create a more loving, nurturing relationship with your body.
The Dream Boat Cruise – NYC to London – Oct 25-Nov 3, 2016
Board a luxury cruise ship and sail across the Atlantic Ocean—while learning how to plan and sell out a workshop, retreat, or conference. (If you’ve ever thought, “I want to produce amazing retreats like Susan Hyatt! But how??” this experience is for you.) You get public speaking lessons, personalized coaching, and it all culminates with a guided tour of Downton Abbey filming locations. OMFG.