Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Thank you in advance, Dr. Goodall.


The link above is an amazing interview that I think anyone could enjoy and find interesting!  I can't wait to have Jillian listen to it, as I regret not having learned more about Dr. Jane Goodall over the years.  I've always been familiar with her and her work, but somehow, this interview really struck a chord with me - her wisdom, patience, ability to tell a story, and her peaceful being, really...I feel better just having listened to her speak.

To be honest (because, have I ever not overshared my feelings on something?), the latter portion of this interview made me a little teary-eyed.  Not gonna lie, I was already, randomly feeling a bit emotional today, but I think part of it was that I found myself comforted by the fact that I was listening to someone that in many ways, reminded me of Jillian.  And because of that, it seems maybe she can identify with and learn from Goodall and her "Roots and Shoots" program for kids.

Jillian has a pretty consistent concern for, and desire to, change worldly issues.  I've seen how frustrating and overwhelming it can be for Jillian - to feel like an outsider, not always knowing how to communicate these concerns of justice and purpose that seem so much bigger than herself.  Now, I can share with her a person and their organization that will give her more tools and opportunities to confidently go forward on the path she chooses, feeling knowledgeable, empowered, and I hope, always at peace with her path in life.  

Thank you, Dr. Jane Goodall, for being the amazing person you are, doing the amazing things you've done and continue to do, and making it possible for our youth to learn from you and continue your work.

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