“Water promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th century: the precious commodity that determines the wealth of nations.” ~ John Briscoe World Bank, Fortune Magazine May 2000 ~

The other day we rented a British indy flick titled Millions – ‘You Can Change the World.’ It’s a magical and heartwarming film about unshakable faith and how wealth has nothing to do with money.  

Besides being a “feel good” family flick, it also touches on the subject of one of the world’s most precious resources – water. I don’t want to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it but the boy (and star of the film) who “finds” the money wants to do go with it and “gets into trouble” by donating a portion of the stolen cash to help buy a well for a village in Africa.  


We spent a peaceful and relaxing “day of rest” in the mountains yesterday. The weather was perfect hiking weather – crisp an sunny. Along the stream there were a few trees that were a gorgeous golden color, giving us a little taste of fall.

A friend came along with us and I overheard her quote a religious man who said ,”…if the world ended tomorrow, he would still plant a tree.” That’s a wonderful outlook to have.

Too many of us are guilty of waiting, watching (and predicting) for certain “end time” scenarios (peak oil, global warming, bird flu), leaving it up to some miraculous happening to fix (or be “taken away” from ) the mess we are in. In fact, it’s up to us to get ourselves out of the mess we created. It’s too easy a cop-out to wait for someone else to fix it.   We are the solution, we are the change.

Last evening we watched the “Kingdom of Heaven” where Orlando Bloom aka “Balian of Ibelin” says: What man is a man who does not make the world better?

The path to change the world begins at your door! (Jules Dervaes)

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  1. Wildside says:

    We recently saw “Millions” too! Great movie.

    And I agree… The path to change the world does begin at your front door. So often I hear people say they would do something to help others if they had the money. However, I know many people who don’t have anything near their money and just do something anyway. And what they do turns out to be something quite amazing…

  2. gerry medland says:

    Hi Anais!In a fragmented community-less society,we do well to heed the call to begin change at our front door,as we often live in an’excuse’ enviroment,those who do really care stop at nothing to make a difference,this is often within one’s own lifestyle.Thanks so much for posting such a rivetting read!

  3. Nate says:

    “We are the solution, we are the change.”


  4. Laurie says:

    “No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” – Edmund Burke

    Thanks for reminding me of this quote.