Letter from Publisher: The Only Constant is Change
Autumn is a season that teaches us that change can be vibrant, beautiful and good. Consider the spectrum of autumn colors, pumpkin-everything, hayrides, caramel apples, campfires and more— yes, change can be welcome and good.
This month’s edition celebrates change makers—people that set out to make a recognizable difference in their communities and beyond. They come from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds, skills and sense of purpose. I love how Mother Teresa frames the big picture: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Collectively, small acts done with great heart do produce massive change.
In reading Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge – Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet,” we recognize a new generation realizing the powerful ripple effect that’s possible from even one person working to make our world a better place. Jenn Willhite brings us closer to home with her feature, “Local Game-Changers Making Their Mark,” shining a light on organizations driven by individuals committed to enhancing life and furthering change in our community.
As an organization comprised of compassionate, committed individuals working to boost the well-being of 80-plus communities across America, I consider Natural Awakenings a change maker. Sharing leading-edge information and suggesting actionable solutions for living a healthier lifestyle aligned with a healthy environment is the goal of each member of our local and national team.
As this magazine franchise’s Indianapolis publisher, I’m honored to spread the word about all the good things going on here and elsewhere as we invite readers to also join us in advocating and acting on behalf of far-reaching changes needed to effectively address health and environmental concerns.
Socrates, an early founder of Western philosophy, advised, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Natural Awakenings readers take such advice to heart. I am encouraged by so many examples of individuals and groups striving to make a difference in the lives of others.
Whether you’re young or old, introverted or extroverted, a born leader or an eager supporter, don’t underestimate yourself. Each of us has within us the power to be a change maker. Let change begin anew with each of us, be it a simple act of kindness, volunteering for a cause or whatever we are led to think, say or do to be the change we wish to see in the world.
Onward and upward,
Teona Wright, Publisher