Growing up, I wanted to change the world—and I was convinced it was doable. But, as I have grown older, I have become more realistic. Or have I become cynical? Or are they two sides of the same coin? The task of changing the world is daunting.
End world poverty and hunger. End terrorism and wars. Save the environment. Save endangered species. These are huge tasks on any list as we go about our lives, managing the day-to-day, surviving the many obstacles in our paths. ‘We are too inconsequential to make a difference at that scale, these are the tasks of world leaders and global organisations,’ we tell ourselves.
Sometimes, it helps to not look at the larger picture. Instead, concentrate on the smaller picture. We can concentrate on our little corner in this cast world and focus on bringing about a change here, any change, the smallest of changes like educating a child, feeding someone hungry or just putting a smile on a someone’s face. Each small efforts will combine to alter the larger picture.
A drop of water may not make an ocean, but the ocean is made with many drops of water.