One of my favorite people (that I don’t know) is Jane Goodall and it was her 79th birthday this week – Happy Birthday Jane! Born in London in 1934, Jane traveled to Africa to take part in a chimpanzee study when she was just 19 years old under Louis Leakey. After studying for years at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, Jane because an activist after discovering that deforestation was greatly affecting the disappearing chimpanzee population. She knew she had to do something to stop this so she became a voice that was heard around the world…
Having read many of her books, her activism and passion for the environment and world is exactly who I want to be and the perfect example of living a life of purpose. She is a true visionary and is endlessly inspiring to me!
Top 10 Favorite “Words of Wisdom” from Dr. Goodall:
- You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
- We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place–or not to bother.
- Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.
- It honestly didn’t matter how we humans got to be the way we are, whether evolution or special creation was responsible. What mattered and mattered desperately was our future development. Were we going to go on destroying God’s creation, fighting each other, hurting the other creatures of the His planet?
- I don’t have any idea of who or what God is. But I do believe in some great spiritual power. I feel it particularly when I’m out in nature. It’s just something that’s bigger and stronger than what I am or what anybody is. I feel it. And it’s enough for me.
- Farm animals are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined and, despite having been bred as domestic slaves, they are individual beings in their own right. As such, they deserve our respect. And our help. Who will plead for them if we are silent? Thousands of people who say they ‘love’ animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been treated so with little respect and kindness just to make more meat.
- Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.
- People say to me so often, ‘Jane how can you be so peaceful when everywhere around you people want books signed, people are asking these questions and yet you seem peaceful,’ and I always answer that it is the peace of the forest that I carry inside.
- We can’t leave people in abject poverty, so we need to raise the standard of living for 80% of the world’s people, while bringing it down considerably for the 20% who are destroying our natural resources.
- And always I have this feeling–which may not be true at all–that I am being used as a messenger.