by Karen Lawrence
What inspires you? Are you a “glass half empty” or “glass half full” kind of person? Let me begin by addressing the latter. I have always been a “glass half empty” kind of gal. Whether nature or nurture I am not sure, but the pessimist in me has a tendency to creep forward if I’m not careful. As I get older, I am coming to understand the true value in consciously choosing to see the possibilities of that glass. When I see how girls can foster changes in their own communities and even nationally or globally, I realize the potential the glass holds.
I am inspired by young women recording the stories of our veterans and submitting the recordings to the Library of Congress. I am inspired by young women beginning composting programs in their community and writing lesson plans for school science classes on environmental friendliness. I am inspired by young women starting a service to provide clothing and personal care items as well as literature for rape survivors. I am inspired by young women designing and building a community prayer labyrinth. I am inspired by young women starting a program to connect youth with the elderly through technology classes. Do these inspire you?
These are examples of work that the young women of GSMH are doing to earn their Girl Scout Gold Award. The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the highest awards in Girl Scouting. These awards are true testaments to what can be done to fill the rest of the glasses in the world that need filling.