That’s how I feel after reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the real story of a William Kamkwambe from Kasunga, Malawi. He achieved his goals of providing electricity and an irrigation system for his village by reading about electricity and windmills and putting what he learned into action. Everyone in his village thought he was crazy as he focused on his dreams throughout the famine and while his peers were mostly able to attend school.
Living the life I live, it is hard to conceive what it is like to live the life that William Kamkwambe has lived, but the book allowed me a glimpse into his world, a chance to imagine what it’s like to live on one meal or less a day. A chance to imagine not having access to education, clean water, or the technology that I do.
While it may sound cliché, the one thing that stands out in my mind is that all it takes to make a difference in a community is one person. One person who stands behind what he/she believes in and does everything in his/her power to see that it is accomplished. As a result, other community members are introduced to a new and improved way of life.
In order to be that person, we all need to explore the talents we possess and use them on a daily basis. I encourage you to read this book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. What books have recently inspired you?
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