Making a Difference

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

~ Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall with orphaned chimpanzee

This reminds me of the Cherokee legend of the grandfather who tells his grandson about the two wolves who fight within all of our minds. He says, “One wolf is vengeful, angry and violent; the other is loving and compassionate. They fight constantly to determine who will gain control. The grandson asks which wolf will win and the grandfather says, “The one you feed.”

Another favorite quote from Jane Goodall: “The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”

Jane Morris Goodall is a British primatologist and anthropologist. Born in London in 1934, she traveled to Tanzania in 1960 to work with wild chimpanzees. Armed with a notebook, binoculars and a curious mind, Goodall spent the next 60 years studying chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Her research transformed our understanding of primates and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. This year, at 86 years old, she has promised to plant five million trees as part of the United Nations Environmental Program. 

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