Three Cups of Tea and a Happy New Year

On our way to and from Kansas for Christmas, my husband and I listened to the audio book of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time. The book recounts the story of Greg Mortenson and his struggles to build, ultimately, 60+ schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Although I found the writing to be excessively descriptive in places, I enjoyed listening to Greg’s inspirational labor of educating the children of Pakistan and Afghanistan in an environment that is not always hospitable to outsiders (especially Americans). After some failed attempts at fund-raising, Greg paired up with the Central Asia Institute and finally beganto see his dreams come to fruition. It is a truly amazing story, and it demonstrates alternate ways to fight “the war on terror” through education and humanitarian aid.

Along with the inspirational message, I also learned a little about the people and culture of these regions. You should give the book at read!

After hearing the story, it renewed my faith in the idea that ONE person can make a difference in the world. So, as you begin the new year, I encourage you to take a little time to reflect on the impact you have made on the world thus far and maybe make an effort to contribute something positive to the world this year.

Some places to start –

  • Kiva – “Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can “sponsor a business” and help the world’s working poor make great strides towards economic independence.”
  • Pennies for Peace – “Pennies for Peace educates American children about the world beyond their experience and shows them that they can make a positive impact on a global scale, one penny at a time.”
  • Donate your time or money to an organization of your choosing (local church, hospital, school, humane society or retirement center; Salvation Army; Red Cross, etc.)
  • Habitat for Humanity – “Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.”
  • Lessen your environmental footprint and/or support organizations with the environment in mind
  • Pangea Day – Make a video – “Pangea Day taps the power of film to strengthen tolerance and compassion while uniting millions of people to build a better future. In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that – to help people see themselves in others – through the power of film.”
  • Be nice to people, smile and offer a helping hand when you can… 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts on Three Cups of Tea and/or how we can work to make a positive impact on the world this year. Thanks for reading.

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One Comment on “Three Cups of Tea and a Happy New Year”


  1. You can view the story Positive Impact Magazine did on Greg Mortenson. He is making a positive impact!


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