Are you fed up of feeling helpless during this Coronavirus Crisis? As the weeks go on, the lock-downs continue, and people lose their income, there may be people out there who simply cannot afford the day to day necessities. We’re thankful for those out there doing what they can. But we can all do something – remember … anything, no matter how small, can help. All it takes is for one person to step out and do that one small thing. You can be THAT one person.
To the world, you are one person
But to one person you may be the world.
~ Dr. Suess ~
History tells us that all it takes is one person to start a movement. One person says, “I’ve had enough” and their passion drives a group to change the world. You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.
Mahatma Gandhi, one person, employed non-violent resistance to lead the campaign for India’s independence from British Rule. This in turn, inspired the civil rights movements across the world. It took just one person.
“It is not how much we do,
but how much love we put in the doing.
It is not how much we give,
but how much love we put in the giving.”
Mother Teresa, one person, decided to dedicate her life to serving the poor around the world. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and became the symbol for charitable selfless work. It took just one woman
Move to more modern times – in 1980, one mom started a movement that would significantly change how we do things. She started MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) to end drunk/drugged driving and support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent under-age drinking. One person was all that it took.
Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
We invite you to join us to do something small e.g. cook an additional meal for someone when you’re cooking for your family, do their shopping for them or even just providing some free advice. It’s time that theory should become reality. By yourself you cannot do much, but the compound effect of everyone doing something small amounts to much.
Some of the initiatives that we’ve heard about …
THE BEAR HUNT
Place a bear in your window so others can go “bear hunting”. It’s a fun way to get some fresh air, go for a walk (if it’s still permitted where you are) and hunt for bears with your children while keeping to the social distancing as recommended by our Governments. Several new groups have sprung up recently – one of which is the Australian Bear Hunt Movement.
BUILD A SMALL COMMUNITY
How many of you know your neighbours? Do you even know their names? Do a letter drop to your neighbours in the street and invite them to join a small Whatsapp Group. Get to know them and build your community. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Get into a group “virtual hug” via Whatsapp. Stay in touch and celebrate together when this is all over.
TOGETHER we can get through this! Rise! Show your leadership. Now is the time to build community. Together, let us change the world … one little act of kindness at a time.