Changemaking Starts With Caring
"We spend so much time thinking we don't have the power to change the world. We forget that the power to change someone's life is always in our hands. Changemaking does not belong to one group of people. It belongs to all of us." -Cleo Wade
Too often than not, we think that our actions won't make a difference in creating change. We think, "how is one person going to change the world?" In this TED Talk, Cleo Wade provides a reminder for us all to keep in mind during this year of action. She said, "No one nominated Harriet Tubman to her purpose, to her mission, to her courage. She did not say, 'I'm not a congressman or the president of the United States, so how could I possibly participate in the fight to abolish a system as big as slavery?' She instead spent 10 years making 19 trips, freeing 300 people, one group of people at a time. Think about the children of those 300 people, the grandchildren, the great-grandchildren and beyond. Our righteous acts create immeasurable ripples in the endless river of justice."
While we are stronger and louder standing together in a community, what we do as individual changemakers does matter. Like Wade explains below, our actions create "ripples" that encourage and empower those around us. The little things do count and collectively they will make impactful changes. It all starts with caring enough to make a difference.
“The world will say to you, ‘There are too many problems.’ Do not be afraid to be a part of the solutions.”
For today's #MondayMotivation, give this quick, yet powerful, TED Talk a listen.