“People who’ve never read fairy tales" the professor said, "have a harder time coping in life than the people who have. They don’t have access to all the lessons that can be learned from the journeys through the dark woods and the kindness of strangers treated decently, the knowledge that can be gained from the company and example of Donkey skins and cats wearing boots and steadfast tin soldiers. I’m not talking about in-your-face lessons, but more subtle ones. The kinds that seep up from your subconscious and give you moral and humane structures for your life. That teaches you how to prevail, and trust.” ---- Author Charles de Lint. The Onion Girl
How to prevail, and trust is my favorite part. Cancer has taught this well and why 10% isn't a negotiable part of what we are about. 90% is easy. It is the last 10% that is the difference between doing something good and doing something that matters.
So what does that look like. A shirt costs 8 dollars to produce and sells for 20.00.
10% of 20.00 is 2.00. Which leaves 18.00 - 8.00 = 10.00 which goes back into making more shirts.
One shirt, like one person - struggles to make a difference. But a community? That's where things start to happen.
We can do things that matter.