Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It Matters

I frequently fall victim to the illusion: if you want to do something worthwhile, it needs to be big.

Have you ever read the poem, It Matters To This One?

It's a poem about a million stranded starfish and one boy who begins trying to toss them back into the sea. Why does he bother? He can't save them all. The boy responds, "It matters to this one. I'll return it to the sea. It matters to this one, and it matters to me."

Start something small, a "social action forum". It can be as small as three people who band together to address a single, manageable, local problem. Define an action plan; keep it simple.
Help one unemployed person.
Help one homeless person find housing.
Help get one person out of poverty.

Help just one... because it matters to this one, and it matters to me.

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