It was this type of awareness that drove her in 1950 to start the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. For the next forty-five years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.
We can often look at people like Mother Teresa and think to ourselves, "Wow, what an incredible person. I would love to do something like that." We can picture her in her iconic nun's habit, as the great humanitarian that she will always be remembered to be.
But how often do we think about who this famed person was when she was only 20 years old, in India, placed there at a convent and anxious to do something with the call that she had in her heart? How often do we picture this young Albanian girl, new to the language and culture, unfamiliar with the way or means to do things, but driven to make an impact?
Chances are, she probably looked like everyone else, well, minus the fact that she looked like a nun. But she certainly realized one thing, that there was a need that she saw that was going unmet and there were no leaders to solve the problem.
That's where we often stop at times, isn't it? We may recognize the problem but we don't see anyone who will take the lead. I think that's when Mother Teresa would pipe in and say, "Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
It's about the grassroots: putting the word out there and asking the people you know around you to help, or find/recommend others who might help. It really doesn't matter if it's a humanitarian effort, a new business, or a new job. In the end, Mother Teresa became an icon for her humanitarian work, but let's not forget that she began on her own, alone, asking one person at a time to help.
Any beginning may be uncomfortable, uncertain, unknown, and unremarkable, but consider - every great river had its start with just one drop of rain.