Every now and then, I wonder if what I’m doing really matters. Is the world better off because I eat local food, buy only what I need, and try to spread the word the word about poverty? Does it really matter in the grand scheme of things?
Then, as soon as I have these thoughts, I remember that nothing will change if individuals don’t make their own small lifestyle changes. In fact, individual action is a required component of change.
Think about it… Every small thing you do for the environment or as part of your lifestyle to take only your share has a positive effect. When two people do it, this positive effect doubles. The potential ripple effects are overwhelming.
Yes, it would be nice if there was more policy to “force” people to do the right thing (like how we have laws against drunk driving and child abuse). However, those policies will not be put in place until individuals, like you and me, inform their policy makers that they want change. I know I haven’t talked to my representatives enough. I always think that somebody else will take care of that. No more.
I like to think about people such as Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Greg Mortenson, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, and others who all changed (or are changing) the world for the better. It started with individual action. It started with raising ones voice, devoting ones life to serve those in need, and not giving in to social pressures.
So the next time you have doubts about the effectiveness of your positive actions, remember that every small change matters. And when it is added up to the actions of thousands of other like-minded people out there, the results are great. Keep doing what you’re doing and find ways to make your voice heard!