The state of the blog

We’ve hit a milestone here at Be the Change. Over the weekend, hits to the blog topped 30,000. Today’s post is the 409th post on our blog, which has created a searchable archive of stories and information about interesting and inspiring people. In April, we also topped 2000 hits for a month. May is not quite over, but we’re only a handful shy of that goal this afternoon. Plus our list of subscribers is growing. What this all means is that people are paying attention, but what’s more significant is that Madison people are out there doing great things.

While number don’t always tell the whole story, in this case numbers say something about the involvement of Madison people in James Madison University. We have posted hundreds of profiles on our Be the Change website — only a sampling of the thousands of Madison people working for positive change. We hear regularly from people who want to reconnect and from people who have thoughts about how Madison is indeed changing the world.

It’s a lofty goal, changing the world. But at JMU, it’s part of the culture, and a goal to which anyone  can aspire. But it’s not so lofty that one has to be the best at something, the most prominent in a certain field, or even gifted with special talents. It’s all about desire and intent.

I once heard the wife of “Uncle” Cam Townsend, the man who founded Wycliffe Bible Translators, talk about the two kinds of people who apply to be translators.  One type, she said, arrives saying, “Well, I can do this and this and this….I’ll be glad help you.”  The other group, she explained, comes with less bravado. Instead, they say, “I’m not sure what I can do, but I am willing to do whatever is needed.” Those in the second group, she asserted, have the greatest impact.

Be the Change people fall into the second group. That willingness to do what is necessary sets them apart. We see it everyday on campus, around the nation and around the world. Be the Change people see need and they address it. It’s what they do. It’s what changing the world is all about.

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About James Madison University
This blog is about the people of James Madison University — a caring, committed and engaged community spread all over the world, making lives better and brighter, healthier and safer, kinder and bolder. As Gandhi suggested, we are taking steps to BE the CHANGE we wish to see in the world. And these are our stories....

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