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Dec 20


Posted By iamincontrol | December 20, 2012

By Brittany

Have you ever felt that warm, fuzzy feeling when you have accomplished something great?  Have you ever overcome an obstacle that you didn’t think was possible?  Those feelings are so powerful, and it’s even better when you know you’ve made a difference.

When I was in middle school and high school, I took on a variety of leadership roles such as holding executive positions in my 4H club as well as cheerleading and National Honor Society.  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be the President of our local 4H County Council, and for our winter project we chose to host a coat and mitten drive in the winter.  We raised over $200 and gathered large amounts of coats, mittens and basic garments for kids in need.  When we delivered all of the items we had attained, I experienced something that is difficult to put into words.  The teachers at the local school were crying as we handed them the items because just a few days before they had students coming to school without coats or gloves to keep them warm.  One of the stories they told went like this…a young girl was coming to school every day but was only wearing a coat every other day.  A teacher asked her why she didn’t wear her coat every day. The little girl said that she and her mother had to share a coat, so they traded days wearing it.  This was a pivotal moment for me.  I knew we were raising money and collecting these garments for the greater good.  Sometimes we get really caught up in all the things we don’t have instead of being grateful for all of our blessings. 

That moment made me realize the impact I could make as a leader.  Getting involved in great organizations and taking the initiative to find out what issues are in your community is very important and can help shape the person you become.   Ever since high school I have been very involved in a variety of organizations.  The best learning experiences and proudest moments have come from my involvement in these organizations that help to make people’s lives better.  Go out and find things you can get involved with.  Not only will you learn more about yourself, but you will have the opportunity to make a difference. 

“Go out into the world and do good until there is too much good in the world.”
– Larry H. Miller

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