“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching”. When I was 10 my family moved from a bustling neighborhood in Annapolis to a dilapidated old farm house on the rural Eastern Shore My parents quickly realized that the best way to combat my new social isolation was to keep me busy. Soon I found myself involved in numerous local service organizations and I learned that volunteering had the ability to bring people together to make for a good time, and to get good things done.
My visions were not always successful in those days! For instance, to help keep my neighborhood on Kent Island clean, I promptly established the “Put Pollution Down and Put a Daisy Up” club with the lofty goal of motivating local residents to pick up trash. I personally delivered dozens of flyers for the club on my pink banana seat bike. All one needed to do was pick up trash and deliver the evidence to the headquarters (me)! I turned out to be the only participant! But I learned an important lesson: it’s easy to come up with good ideas, but motivating people to action can be a much more difficult task.