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To prepare for leading and fully engaging in this session we suggest that you reread the quote at the start of the session by Edward Everett Hale. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of need that we see in this world. It is easy to feel disempowered when it seems that what is needed is so much money or a change of heart by governing officials, profit driven corporations, and warring factions. Still in the end our actions in the world do make a difference. Take some time to think, write, or share about all of the ways that you do make a difference in the lives of others, and that you do contribute to positive change, both locally and in the world.

You might try the "magic wand" exercise for yourself, thinking of what you would change if you could wave your magic wand. Then think, well what do I already do toward these ends? Is there another step you could take, whether alone, or with a group such as your family or your church community? You might also think about the difference between, "magic" as in a fairy tale, and the real heart-felt experience of knowing that people including yourself are giving their love and care to the world's problems.

Take some time to read the story and to picture it in your mind. Have you had personal experiences that remind you of this story, in which you did or did not consider something your problem? Did you feel empowered, or more connected, when you chose to act?

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