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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I'm an Expert!

 ...or so the local library's teen zone calls me in their display case.
Actually, my point today is that you really don't have to be an expert to make a positive difference.  Just about a year ago, I stopped by the library's teen zone to inquire about starting a knitting club.  I told the librarian about the Knit-a-Square African charity and its dedication to outfitting orphanages with blankets and hats; told her how simple participation would be and plans for the knitting club were born.
 Now, a year later, we have our 50 squares we committed to make and are just about ready to ship them overseas, but first we wanted to show the community what their teens have been learning and doing. 
The thing is, I'm no expert; although I do have some skills with knitting needles, skills enough to help the teens learn to make the squares required for this project.  And, we had a couple of other adults come alongside with similar skills to help teach the beginners.  In all, I'd bet 15 or 20 people now know basic knitting who didn't know it before this last year.   
So, when you're considering ways to "give back" to your community and to the larger world--as has been a theme I've run with the last several weeks here--keep this one thing in mind:  You don't have to be the best at something to make a go of it. 
You don't have to be the expert to everyone
It may be enough to be the expert to someone
You just might know enough to make a pretty large difference after all!

Happy teaching!


  1. Great job expert! Way to make a difference.

    Cindy Bee

  2. Thanks, gals! I've decided the best motivator is not the one who is good beyond all comparison, but the one who is just good enough to step up and try something. Hoping that shines through in this post and motivates others. :D