Those of you who've been readers here at From the Soil know that I'm a big fan of TED talks....and of my good friend Shawna Coronado. Imagine my delight when the stars aligned and Shawna was invited to give her own talk at TEDxCrestmoorParkWomen in Denver.
I've known Shawna since we met at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show in 2011, and we've grown to be very close friends. Quite simply, she's family to me.
What makes Shawna special is that she believes in others, in their abilities, passions and capacities to make a difference in the lives of others. I've seen her inspire a room full of people, not in praise of her accomplishments, but rather by helping them see that potential for accomplishment in themselves.
I've got a tendency to get frustrated when I don't feel like my actions are making a significant difference in the world. That's when Shawna steps in, figuratively slaps me upside the head, and reminds me that it's the little things, the local things that really matter. If I'm feeling particularly sorry for myself, she'll take off the kid gloves and tell me to get off my ass and do something about it.
I'm blessed to have Shawna Coronado in my corner, reminding me that one person can make a difference.
I highly recommend taking the next 15 minutes to watch the video of Shawna's TED talk.
Please leave a comment below and let me know how you're making a difference in the lives of others. I'll draw a name from those who comment and send you a matted print of the photo below.