Dying Man’s Daily Journal – A Team to make a difference

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.

24 Responses to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – A Team to make a difference

  1. poseidonsmuse says:

    Oh wow Bill! Magnificent post [clapping my hands…]. Thank you for this. I have to agree with you completely. “We”, “You”, and “I” ARE “they”, “them”, “us”. That collective group is manifest by the individual thoughts, words and actions of single people. Thus, it is very important to recognise our individual responsibility – we can all make a difference (sometimes the littlest things matter the most…it is surprising how one tiny ripple can make waves in a larger pond…). I’m on your team Bill, and Kelly’s and…..

    Your encouragement and perspective are beautifully contagious Bill – keep up the Good Work! Hugs.

  2. Kelly says:

    The one thing I know is that “we” are “we.” We’re moving away from ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ and we’ve taken to heart the statement you referenced: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke) He said “men” but I know he means “people.” : )

    You’re right about the need to believe that even the tiniest action helps. I think Al Gore does a great job of emphasizing this in An Inconvenient Truth.

    We are already a team, already part of the same community even though we live far from each other. Your support means so much to me, and I’m blessed to be part of this blogging community with you.

  3. Lorri says:

    We are all part of the planetary umbrella, and are all one, under the sun, each one of us a minute part in the scheme of things, but each one of us a vital part of the whole.

    We can make a difference if we open our minds and hearts…one small action can create amazing results. One Act of Loving Kindness is all it takes, one small act, no matter how minor it seems.

    Our act will illuminate and become part of the eternal essence.

  4. Lorri says:

    There is a website I volunteer at, called Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. I have received so much, in the way of genealogical information that I might not have otherwise had the opportunity to physically get…headstone photos from cities in England, and from cities throughout the U.S. I have also received birth/death/marriage certificate file numbers, etc.

    It is a wonderful resource, and once I received my first photo, I was hooked, and joined up.

    http://www. raogk.org

  5. ceeque says:

    Great post Bill…and I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed here..we are like different sized cogs in some massive piece of machinery, we all make a difference, albeit at different rates……

  6. Grace says:

    (((( Bill )))) The site to my new bloghome is on this post 🙂 I’ve missed coming here and reading you.

    This was a powerful post on so many levels. “The Power of One” – It reminds me of the Hopi prophecy which ends, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”.

  7. Grace says:

    hum… here’s the right link… 🙂

  8. poseidonsmuse says:

    “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for…” That is existential spiritualism at it’s finest…Thanks Grace….I need to print that quote out and slap it on my desktop!

  9. Nita says:

    Bill, I have never been to your site before, but you have alot of real things to say. I believe in the Power of One, I try to write things that inspire. If I can encourage one person a day I will be happy. Nita

  10. Bill Howdle says:

    poseidonmuse, I thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement. I agree the ripple effect is amazing, who is to ever know, how far the ripples from any of our act may spread. So glad to have you on the “team”

    Kelly, I love your thoughts, especially the one “we are moving away from the road to hell that is paved with good intentions”. Good intentions are great they show a good mind set, but only if we at least sometimes follow through with them. I am proud to consider us part of the same team

    Lorri/Charles I am addressing my reply to you both together. I think I may be getting some sort of a sign here through the two of you. Recently a dear friend did a card reading for me. The reading showed my maternal grandfather is with me and watching out for me. Sadly, I know virtually nothing of my mothers side of the family, for reasons I will likely post about some day. Charles, what was it maybe 3 or 4 months ago I contacted you (knowing you live in England) asking for your help in tracking down any of my unknown family on my mothers side. (long before the card reading) I do thank you as I so much appreciate the effort you put in. Lorri, inspite of all of his efforts Charles was unable to come up with any information as any information I was able to give him was more than 60 years old.
    I haven’t heard to much from Charles lately and am so glad to get the comment today.
    What a coincidence it arrive right under your comment about the Genealogical site. I just have to follow up on this. Even your comments today have a similarity. I agree, every single person on this planet is a vital part of what we call humanity. None are more or less important than the next.
    Hi Grace, I have your old site blog rolled. I read your comment about moving on but then thought maybe you had changed you mind as there was another post, I think about Bush or something. Hope you don’t mind if I blog roll you again.
    Nita, I thank you for the visit and the comment. You have the right attitude. If everyone took the time to help or encourage one person a day, what a wonderful world it would be. Keep up the good work and please visit again.

  11. Lorri says:

    Bill…email me with the information you have…mother’s maiden name, birth dates, cities, of ancestors in England.

    I don’t know if I can help, but I might be able to steer you in the right direction. I live in the U.S., but do know of several links to sites in England that might be of benefit.

  12. ceeque says:

    Hi Bill! Thanks for the input…though like i said in my mail to you about this, I believe their will be info `out there` in cyberspace about some of your family but it may well cost to access it as it will be a part of a census somewhere and probably available thru` genesreunited.com…. I have no accounts to access this type of info unfortunately…though searches done did not lead me there either…

  13. Simonne says:

    “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”. Love this so much. It’s goosebump material. Great post Bill, as always. Love your big heart 🙂

  14. mel says:

    Seems like a pretty ‘weak’ response to simply say “here, hear!”…….but here, hear!

    Great piece of humility dished up in this post, Bill.
    And as one who forgets it ain’t all about MEMEME, I needed the reminder again.
    (seems I always need reminded, eh?)

    Forward, into the day, I’ll get opportunities to be a part of someone’s solution. And I’ll be certain to take that opportunity cuz I AM a piece of the solution.
    As are we all.

    Don’t ever let yourself believe that you’ve not ‘made a difference’.
    You just did…..again.

  15. Bill, you make a differrence every day you wake up and participate in life. Do not admonish yourself, or cause others to do the same. I think we all make a contribution every day, commensurate with our life experiences.

    Some good. Some bad. Some big, some little.

    We can’t all be the big ‘doers’ and ‘shakers’. Life also needs the help of the little hands to get things done.


  16. Lorri says:

    Bill…one of the best places to start is the National Archives in Kew, England. They hold the records for all births, deaths and marriages, and census records. You can do a search on a name, and then if it turns out to be an ancestor, you can then order the record, directly online, to be mailed to you.


  17. poseidonsmuse says:

    Just stopped by this morning to give you a hug Bill – that’s my mission today – Give out as many hugs as possible — so here goes….((((((((((((((HUG))))))))))))). Have a GRRRRrrrreat Day….!!!!

  18. Nita says:

    Bill, I just re-read this post, just sorta soakin it in, and I do believe in the power of many as well. If people can do anything to make a difference they should. I just read a scripture this morning , Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. That is pretty powerful to know we can overcome evil with good. I love your site and I thank you so much for sharing the things you are going through. I know that has to be helping so many people. God Bless, Nita

  19. Bill – this is a subject I’ve been really thinking about lately, so I’m glad you’ve written about it. When I read or hear about the HUGE problems in Darfur or about global warming, etc, I feel overwhelmed. What difference can I make? I think to myself. But it’s the little things people do every day that really make a difference, like you say. A kind word, a hug, recycling, buying locally, volunteering time or resources. Generating positivity is huge. Thanks for that post. Just reading through the comments here helps me believe that people can make a difference. This is a good place, full of energy and spirit, and I’m glad to be part of it. Bless you, Bill

  20. Irene says:

    Dear Bill,

    Finally, a little reprieve from the heat!!! It may only be short lived, but I’ll take it!! Please remind me of these past few days when I’m up to my ying-yang in snow and shivering in a -40 Manitoba winter. Ah….only in Canada.

    A few years back the guest speaker at our local graduation said something few simple and yet very profound. I’m not sure how many of the grads picked up on his statement or of any of the audience even heard him, but I have tried to live by this easily do-able suggestion: Live simply, so that others may simply live. I don’t have to move a mountain. I don’t have to be a mover and a shaker. I just need to take care of me, my family and my environment so that in doing so, it’ll be a win-win situation. Live within my means. It’s so easy and takes so little effort!

    Have a wonderfully good day. Peace always, Wiseman.


  21. Vicky says:

    You are making a difference… Your blog has and will continue to make a huge difference. Believe it !

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