We continue to develop the infrastructure for Choose2Matter, busily preparing a re-launch this spring. This week, we’ll launch a fund-raising campaign to support the Quest to Matter, a five-week program that will launch on April 15, in which K-12 students from around the world will be encouraged to declare that they matter and then take action to change our world. Ian Coon, an Iowa student with a brilliant future, produced one of the signature videos of the movement:
The Quest will accelerate Choose2Matter, but it is not the end of it. As with all great revolutions, students will lead it, but they will not be alone in it. Choose2Matter will become a broad, sweeping revolution in which people of all ages and all walks of life, and organizations of all sizes, all around the globe, choose to matter and change our world.
How can we make an audacious statement? Everyone needs to matter. Even Oscar winners need to matter. As we wait to see who brings home the gold statuettes tonight, we’re reminded of the closing words of Reese Witherspoon when she accepted the 2006 Oscar for Best Actress for her performance as June Carter in Walk the Line:
“People used to ask June how she was doing, and she used to say – ‘I’m just trying to matter’. And I know what she means. You know, I’m just trying to matter, and live a good life and make work that means something to somebody.”