A Few Words About Doing Something …

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Sharing a few old thoughts from very smart people about change.  Nothing new here probably, for most of us, but these are words I return to time and again, to remind myself of the power of one or a few to make a difference.

These are not the only clear messages about change, or even the strongest messages.  They are not even my personal favorites, but they are what came into my head as I considered how change does not always occur at the pace or in the way I would like.

Sometimes we just need to stop and think about what we are doing, why we are doing it, and what lies at the end of the journey.

The Starfish Story by Loren Eiseley

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

Read the rest HERE

… and the last words today go to a thoughtful and intelligent woman, which is as it should be at least half the time:)

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

Trying to remember that value comes in actually doing something in the Heartland ….


Image Source:  Author unknown – Life and letters of Edward Everett Hale. 1917., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8802642