On this day in 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia.
One year later researchers announced the vaccine was safe and effective and it quickly became a standard part of childhood immunizations in America. In the ensuing decades, polio vaccines would all but wipe out the highly contagious disease in the Western Hemisphere. Today, polio has been eliminated throughout much of the world due to the vaccine.
As humans we have great powers to create change in our lives and the lives of others. We often resist using our power or, in many cases, even believing that we have it.
But, when we focus our thinking as Jonas Salk did, we can improve lives beyond measure.
None of us are small people. We all have great powers. We simply have to use them.