Published: October 19, 2012
Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg has joined over 350 other U.S. mayors to declare November 1, 2012, “Extra Mile Day”… a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change in ourselves, families, organizations and communities when we go the extra mile in life. With so many people discontent with their current position and seeking change, “Extra Mile Day” offers the opportunity for people to gain a renewed perspective on their current situation.
In association with Extra Mile America, mayors in all 50 states have come together to remind people that individuals and organizations each have the authority to create change by their willingness to do more, give more, and go the extra mile.
“We all talk about wanting change…happiness…more opportunity. However, relying on others to make that happen is only wishing for life to get better,” says Extra Mile America founder Shawn Anderson. “Life can be hard…no doubt. But the ‘go the extra mile’ message gives people an alternative to just throwing their arms in the air and saying ‘I give up!’”
Extra Mile America started in 2009 with non-bicyclist Anderson’s symbolic 4,000 mile solo bike ride across the U.S. during which he interviewed 200 people identified as “going the extra mile” in either accomplishing something unique…or in overcoming major tragedy. Since then, Extra Mile Day has been established and this year mayors from Honolulu to Boston will cross the aisle to share the message that positive change in our families, organizations, and communities begins with us personally.
“Going the extra mile is doing more than the normal...more than expected. Going the extra mile is getting back up after we've been knocked down…despite whatever has happened,” Anderson says. “Going the extra mile is where change starts.”
Beginning with only 23 cities in 2009, the “go the extra mile” message is taking root and spreading across the country. The foundation is proud that mayors across the country are using Extra Mile Day to recognize those in their communities who are putting forth outstanding effort in volunteerism and service. Each mayor’s declaration and the Extra Mile America campaign are reminders that we each have the power to create positive change in our own lives when we go the extra mile.