What would YOU say to a billion people?

As you may know, along with being Chief Shift Officer here, I am also an actor. So you know I was watching the Oscars Sunday night like it was my job- because, hey, it kinda is :-) What struck me this year was not the gowns and tuxedos, not the gossip of who would win what or who was dating whom- it was the acceptance speeches. It seemed winner after winner used their time to talk about the issues that meant most to them: Patricia Arquette: “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Graham Moore: "I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she's weird or she's different or she doesn't fit in anywhere...Stay weird, stay different. And then when it's your turn and you're standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along." Common: "This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope. Welded with compassion. And elevated by love for all human beings." John Legend: "We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you, 'We are with you. We see you. We love you. And march on.'" Eddie Redmayne: "This belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS." Julianne Moore: "I’m so happy - I’m thrilled actually that we were able to hopefully shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease. So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized and one of the wonderful things about movies is it makes us feel seen and not alone. And people with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen, so that we can find a cure." Alejandro G. Iñárritu: "I want to dedicate this award for my fellow Mexicans. The ones who live in Mexico, I pray that we can find and build the government that we deserve. And the ones that live in this country who are part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect of the ones who came before and build this incredible immigrant nation." What would you say if you knew a billion people were listening? What issue is most dear to your heart and soul? Even though you may not have such a big audience today, what is one thing you could do right now to contribute to that cause? Is it donating money to your favorite charity? Calling your grandmother and telling her you love her ? Writing a letter to your political representative about an issue you care about? Posting that blog about a topic that you know might incite some backlash? Share what you do or what you will now start to do on our Facebook page. No matter how seemingly small or insignificant, what you do out of love for others and our world always matters. We are all here for a purpose. We all have the power to shift this world to a better version of itself. The "how" really doesn't matter- it just matters that you start. Then we're all winners... Emily