Can One person make a difference?
My Dear Friends,
It has been far too long since sharing with you. Perhaps, like myself, you have been engulfed by the undertow of negativity and sadness and division that is so public and hurtful currently. Perhaps you are amidst life changes that have called your attention to tasks that are new and overwhelming. Maybe you are just busy and enjoying your world so completely that some everyday tasks have become obsolete and you are thoroughly immersed in your world of daily joy?
Whatever it is that holds your attention in the here and now, I wanted to break in briefly to say hello and see how you, how we, are all doing? And to propose a thought.
The thought is this: In answer to the question posed by the article title, can one person make a difference, I posit an absolute affirmative YES! To provide substance and encouragement this is true, I ask you this-what is your daily routine? Seriously, Jo, you want to know that? I do, in fact, want to know your daily routine. Stay with me here.
As a retired professional from two careers, (pharmacist and licensed professional counselor), I have been reflecting and pondering the question of “the difference of just one” all summer. Here is my daily routine: wake-up, get dressed, eat breakfast, check email, check texts, read something inspirational, “move”, (indoor walking or movement of any kind, but intentional movement), and then assess the “daily chore” list, and plunge in to laundry, maybe one spot of the house that needs organizing, checking in with my friends,( often the people that need what I have to give on any particular day either come to my mind or I come to their minds), and before I notice, the time is 12:48pm, time for lunch, a little break and then continuation with tasks begun earlier in the day. Here is THE point. I have been known to say, I do nothing all day. That is simply not true. I propose it is not true for any of you either. I challenge you today to look at each moment of your awake time, without judgment or criticism. I ask you to look at your routine and notice, did I connect with “one” person, just one, in the course of my day today? I am going to go out on a limb here and say that every single one of us connect with at least one (mostly likely more) person every single day in some form. I am also going to predict that our connections make a difference. I propose the following hypothesis: Whatever we do, in what can be considered by some “our common everyday life experiences”, we affect change.
It is the Jimmy Stewart and It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas movie idea I am conceptualizing here. Regardless of how structured or relaxed your daily routine, I believe we all connect with someone, somehow. And if we are here, on earth, breathing and interacting, then pulling our contribution out of the life equation, whether small scale or large scale, will make a difference. Therefore, it is logical and easy to conclude our presence, yes ONE person, yes, EVERY person makes a difference to someone, somewhere every single day. EVERY SINGLE DAY!
YOU make a difference. GO and make a difference. YOU make a difference in this world. And so do I.