If you're looking at this blog, or checking out our Facebook page, or following us on twitter, and considering participation, but feeling self-doubt, this post is for you:
We all hear messages from family, friends and associates to give up: "Just forget about it and move on" and "You'll never change it, that's just the way it is."
Maybe they're right or maybe they're not, but some things are worth investing time, energy and resources into because as a good friend quoted to me, "to have what you've never had, you must do what you've never done."
How do we know if a group like this will grow and contribute to measurable change, if we don't try? And if it stalls, aren't there other steps we can take, course corrections on our journey?
There is always a balance one has to think of - between struggling for improvement and accepting things as they are so we can find peace. And it's good to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
But as far up into aerial view as I can get, this feels like it's worth doing. People are dying and getting hurt unnecessarily and there are tools we can use to prevent that from continuing.
All of us survivors have already demonstrated endurance, commitment to life, self-determination and faith. Now we can use those skills to help the system heal too.
If you've got words of inspiration, I hope you'll share them here in the comments. And then send us an email to email@example.com and join in! Looking forward to seeing you soon.