“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ten years ago, Denise Cerreta opened the One World Café in Salt Lake City, Utah. She opened the café to provide meals to anyone who wanted to eat. There were no menus and no charge for the meals. Each day she cooked what she wanted and made it available. At the end of the short buffet sat a brown basket in which people could make a donation for the meal. It was an exciting new concept at the time.
Many wondered how this could work out while admiring her dedication to sharing the most basic of human needs, food. Not only has it worked out, the One World Everybody Eats Foundation has directly or indirectly helped launch 30 community cafes and is mentoring over 50 cafe groups in the planning stage worldwide.
Communities have embraced her inspiration and her profound trust and dedication. People volunteer to help, clean, and even cook. Cafes receive donations of equipment and other items that support Denise’s original purpose to remind us that we are one world.
Denise is living an inspired purpose. In her own relatively small way, she has changed the energy of the world in a profound way. Most importantly, she didn’t set out to do so. She followed inspiration without questioning it or doubting its purpose. She trusted what her heart told her about the importance of sharing and treating people as part of one community. She realized that if people are not fed, then life cannot be lived.
Three years into her vision, she was asked about the potential for expanding her purpose to a larger world. Her answer inspires even more. She said, “I’m not worried about it catching on because the idea is bigger than me. I just happened to be the person who didn’t talk myself out of it.” (Salt Lake Tribune, March 8, 2006)
You are being inspired right now and all the time. Like most of us you are probably talking yourself out of the direction or path your inspiration is directing you to take. Maybe it’s time to listen and act. Your inspiration can never lead you in the wrong direction, but your mind can. Take a cue from Denise Cerreta and what you know you want and are meant to do to make the world better.
Your inspiration will inspire us all.