One Small Act

“No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little”. Edmund Burke.

It is useful to remind ourselves of the words of Robert Kennedy when we get discouraged from offering our help in the belief that it will not make a difference. Robert Kennedy said:

“Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills – against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence…Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; bit each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation”.

The above also reminds me of a story, not sure whether it truly happened or not, but it made a strong case for one “small act”. A man saw a young girl by the sea throwing back into the sea fish that have been washed ashore and could not get back on their own. The man opined that her efforts will make no difference as she could not possibly throw back the thousands of fish in time to save them. She replied, “it made a difference to that one” as she threw back another into the sea.

Our acts do make a difference even if it is not in the grand manner we may romanticise about. It is in the sum total of all our “small” acts that the big change we want to make ultimately happens. So go ahead and do that “small” act.

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