The power of one is great, the power of many is awesome. I think that is a wonderful thought and so true. I am stealing those words from my good blogging friend Kelly.
Kelly lives in Pasadena California and is rightfully proud of her city. Usually, she write about happenings in her life, about the city, the usual personal blogging stuff. The difference with Kelly is that when she sees something going on that needs addressing she is willing to try and do something about it. Not just stand by watching things happen but try to do something. In a recent email Kelly described herself was wanting to feel like a part of a great team. What team is that, the team of wonderful, good people who are trying to make a difference. Currently, Kelly is writing of graffiti and gang tagging. I am surprised she is actually getting some comments back from some that support graffiti, hmm.
My point is, it really doesn’t matter what the cause is, there are millions of good causes out there. But, as individuals are we doing something, doing anything to try and make this world at least a little bit better.
I read something to the effect, real evil in this world can only happen when good people stand by and do nothing, allowing it to happen.
Through our my life I know I have been very guilty of this. I ask this, how many times have we seen or read or heard of something happening. Something tragic, sad or even unfair, our hearts go out to whom ever and in our minds we think, someone really should do something about that. We sadly shake our heads and then carry on with what ever it was we were doing. We complacently wait for someone to step in and deal with or correct a wrong. We wait until one of those “wrongs” happen to us. Then what do we do, likely jump up and down screaming “why didn’t someone do something to prevent this sort of thing from happening to me. THEY could see it was only a matter of time before this sort of thing happened, why didn’t THEY do something before it happened to me.” I wonder who is this mysterious “they” or that elusive “someone else” actually is?
When something happens to us, we are all so quick to lay blame and point fingers at others, they should have done something, or done something more and this might never have happened. They are all to blame.
So who are “THEY”, we all are. For every other individual, I fall into the “THEY” category, as do all or the rest of us.
That thought sort of changes my perspective. I am part of the “THEY” group that didn’t do enough or likely didn’t even try to do anything, hmm.
As an individual can I do everything and be everything to everyone. Of course not, but as an individual I can at least try to do something. Can any one person change the world, I believe yes. How by acting as the catalyst or the spark that ignites others into action. Blogging is but one way to get that spark out to ignite others. I read so many blogs of others doing this in their own way, each so wonderful. Kelly is but one example, I salute you all.
Could there be any more satisfying way to leave this world when our time comes, than knowing we did our part to make it even slightly better. Making the world a better place sounds like quite an onerous task, but really is it? The world becomes a better place with every act of kindness, with every good deed. As I sit here and think of it I realize there are millions and millions of ways we can each help to make the world a better place. Everything no matter how small can make a change, when you think of it. Picking up a piece of trash off the street, recycling even one can. OK, recycling one can in the overall scheme of things may sound pretty small. When you think of it though even something as seemingly small as that has made the world a wee tiny bit better place.
Back to Kelly’s statement “the power of one is great, the power of many is awesome”. Kelly I want to be on your team trying to make the world a little better.