- If everyone only cleaned their own doorstep, the whole world would be clean. —Mother Teresa
- Be the change you want to see in the world. —Gandhi
- If you want to be somebody else, change your mind. —Sister Hazel (the band)
My frustrations, my breaking point even, came to light when I saw a lady flicking her cigarette ashes out her car window the day no fewer than five large wildfires were burning on all sides of her city. I couldn’t believe someone could have so little regard for everyone else’s safety. Nevermind the people who cheered after hearing how many executions Gov. Rick Perry approved. Nevermind any corporation that has ever put profits before the welfare of people (employees or customers).
I realized with growing angst that people, a lot of people and maybe even most people, don’t think their actions affect anyone. “I’m just one person.” “My vote doesn’t count.” Or even “The world is a big place.”
It’s simply not true. Each of us matters. Each of us has a big effect on our world, good or bad. And believe it or not, how you perceive the world is actually what matters most. I read this article today and realized again that I do matter and my frustrations aren’t in vain.