What you do matters

"I cannot do everything, but I can do something." ~ Edward Everett Hale

There’s so much going on in the world right now. Watching five minutes of the news is enough to make you feel uncertain and discouraged.

The issues are huge. Bigger than huge. In fact, world-famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, recently predicted the human race is doomed to become extinct if we don’t colonize other planets within the next 100 years. (Read Newsweek’s article here.)

So, extinction of the human race. It doesn’t get any bigger than that, I suppose. But don’t forget about global political conflicts, war, poverty, food insecurity, etc.

Huge Global Issues

How can you and I influence these huge issues? It’s easy to get complacent and say, “I’m just one person. What I do doesn’t matter.”

Edward Everett Hale’s entire quote is: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Yes. There’s a lot of crazy stuff going on in the world.Photo courtesy of pixabay commons published on strong-woman.com

It’s tempting to think, “How can my small actions make a difference? Where would I start?” 

The quote is a reminder for each of us to resist complacency, for each of us to do what we can do, even when our actions seem small and insignificant and cause us to want to say, “Why bother? I’m just one person. What difference will it make?”

What you do matters to some one, and maybe to a lot of  people.

The parable about the boy on the beach doing his best to save beached starfish, The Starfish Story, illustrates this point well. I know it’s fiction and too sentimental for some, but the moral of the story is valid.

Remember the quote:

I cannot do everything, but I can do something. 

What you do matters, even if you do a little at a time.

What if each of us did our “something”? Helped in the one way we could?