“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
— Robert F. Kennedy
In keeping with my need to keep the noises in my head at bay so that I can continue to work on my Feb 20th 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion post (which still needs a great deal of refining), I went for a positive reminder this week that many ripples can build a current. And that projects like the 1000 Voices really can help to make a difference, if only in a small way, by reminding to the world at large that there are people who care, and that all people matter.
The important thing is to not lose the momentum, and not to miss opportunities to continue to do good – for others and yourself – in your daily life once Feb 21st rolls around. We are only here for short while – we need to be the best that we can be while we’re here. Regardless of whether or not you believe that there’s something else to come after we depart, we have a responsibility while we’re here to try to make our corner of the universe a better place. And if most of us did that, then the world really would be a better place.