For me, with a reputation as an action-taker, there’s nothing more frustrating than somebody complaining or moaning “That’s just the way it is”.
Don’t settle for second-best. Don’t settle for injustice. Don’t settle for inequality. Don’t settle for inaction.
Do something. Stand up. Be counted. Take action. #BeBoldForChange.
And don’t be thinking “Well there’s not much I can do about it.” If we all thought like that, we wouldn’t have many of today’s modern inventions and movements. You might not be able to change the world on your own but if we all took one small step, it will make a difference. It will have an impact.
After a stormy night, you take a stroll along the beach the next morning. Jetsam and flotsam litters the beach. Then you notice the 100s of starfish all washed up on the shore as far as the eye can see. Big ones, little ones.
As you walk along, you spot a girl in the distance, hair blowing in the breeze. You are curious about what she’s playing with. She stops, bends down, and throws something into the sea. As you get closer, you realise she’s picking up starfish one at time and throwing them back into the sea. Back to safety.
You ask her “What are you doing? Why are you wasting your time? You’ll never rescue all the starfish? You’re not making any difference.”
As she bends down to pick up the next one and throws it in, she turns to you and smiles “I made a difference to that one”. *
Small things make a big difference.
What’s the one small thing you can do today?
#BeBoldForChange on International Women’s Day.
*Story adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)