"You cease being good when you stop getting better"
The sentiment behind it permeates every aspect of my values, goals and personal mission in life. I heard this quote a little over a year during my time in Phoenix, Arizona as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. To me, it seems clear - perpetual improvement and advancement are healthy in order to remain relevant and be a strong competitor. But I think it also speak to the core purpose of society and the mission behind this experience - to realize that we, as a whole, are not well into each and every one among us has the ability and opportunity to live to their fullest potential. No one should have to live under the immensely soul crushing weight of poverty, hunger and homelessness with absolutely no viable escape, especially when they are working hard to be a productive member of society.
But that isn’t reality.
This knowledge was reaffirmed through IMPACT:Seattle, however, and perhaps more consequential, these are problems with an array of absolute solutions. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to capture the full spectrum of challenges to a fit society, but that’s what makes the work of the people I met this weekend so grand and important and impacting. Collective efforts ensure that problems are fully addressed and that no one slips through the cracks.
Everyone can be a part of the solution. Volunteer at your local shelter or community garden. Sit on your child’s school board. Give your spare pocket change to a cause you care about once a month. These things add up, quite a bit. Although INPACT:Seattle has come to a close, I am looking forward to seeing how I can bring a combination of Operation Sack Lunch and Marra Farm into my community by forging partnerships between the KC community garden network and KC food pantries and feeding programs.
So, it’s this understanding that I intend to take home with me this week and carry with me throughout my life. Who is down to join me?