I was at a networking/fundraising event for One.Love.Loudoun last night. The room was stocked full of incredible women who have founded or run local non-profits - it was honestly the most amazing group of people I have ever had the privilege to be surrounded by.
At the event all the heads of the various non-profits had an opportunity to speak and one woman, in the course of her speech said she was "just an average person, perhaps even the most average person in the room". Her self-effacing comment struck me.
When it was my turn to speak I got up, said my part and then scanned the room to find her face. And I said to her (and I'm paraphrasing myself a bit), 'You called yourself average, even the most average person in the room. That cannot be possible. You are anything but average. In fact, none of us in this room are average. Or, if we are average then that means the world is bursting with people who are fully capable of initiating tremendous change for the positive'.
If I've learned any one thing from my life in the Village, it is that an average person can truly make a powerful difference in the lives of hundreds of people. An average person can honestly be the change they want to see in the world. An average person does matter. An average person can be extraordinary by simply having the courage to be themselves. An average person can be the catalyst for a tremendous amount of love and hope where before there was loneliness, emptiness and hopelessness.
To Heather, the Founder of One.Love.Loudoun, thank you so much for putting together such an incredible event!