My family was getting ready to sit down to dinner. My son was hopping on one foot and counting to ten. He had me count three times. 1, 2, 3, ...10. He stayed balanced each time. Then he tried his left foot. 1, 2, 3, ...10. He did it again. Then he paused... "This time Mommy. let's go to the..." He thought about it for a long time, "to the eleven." At first I laughed. What great inspired things kids say.
If your brain works like mine, you automatically jumped to twenty. Why do we do that? Our lives have taught us, it is not an improvement, unless we double our efforts. No wonder we are all overworked and spread so thin!
What my son said that day was so insightful. What if we just went to eleven? Would that not be better than ten? What if there was just one small thing we could do to impact someone's life?
I know what you are thinking. "I am so busy I can't possibly do one more thing." Well, you are thinking about the twenty. You do not have to add one more thing to your already overflowing plate. All you have to do is change your perspective. Change your daily activities to include an inspiring act. That is why I created the "Go to the Eleven" campaign.
This campaign is all about helping others who are in need. You can pledge your help and service to others, but you will not be pledging money. Research has found that if you put a goal or pledge in writing you are more likely to meet that goal. If you have others to support you, you are more likely to meet your goals or pledge. That is all we ask you to do. Members write down their "Go to the Eleven" pledge and you post it in a common area like the church foyer or community center bulletin board. Sharing your ideas is part of your pledge. Your ideas may inspire others to do small things in their area they would have never thought to do.
Members then start work on their "Go to the Eleven" pledge. It may be to donate time to a worthy cause, to help someone in need, to thank someone for inspiring you, or a way to enrich your own life. With each goal reached, we are one step closer to impacting the world in a big way. Will you help me better the lives of others through moving and inspirational works?
Submitted by Anonymous
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