We live in a beautiful but complex world, everything we see around us has a beginning, everything starts small. Even some of the largest buildings and creations, they started as a small thought somewhere in the recesses of someone’s mind. I heard a song a few weeks back called “Do Something” by Matthew West. I’ve heard it play over and over in my head, and it got me thinking about that. With all the wonderful and terrible things that happen in the world, how does it start? The chorus goes something like this:
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
This made me think of my life, and the many times I elected not to act, as the song said I thought “it’s someone else’s problem!” I thought I wasn’t brave enough, or wasn’t ready, or that just my one small action wouldn’t make a difference. That of course is a lie, although I might not make a big difference, it’s still a difference. For people struggling with finding happiness, or those that feel that they can’t do anything, my one advice is always to start small. So why couldn’t I take my own advice? Some of the most recognizable companies today are Apple, Amazon, Disney, and Google. Despite their global reach today, every one of those companies first started small, they started in a garage somewhere. Steve Jobs isn’t great because he founded Apple, he’s great because he started small, and despite what others told him, he didn’t quit. Just with one drop of courage, those people were able to influence a sea of change. That changes doesn’t end today, those ripples will go on forever into the future. There will be a time when Apple, Amazon, or Google will be no more, but their legacy will live on. All because they started small, and let it grow.
Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway – John Wayne
Taking the step to start something no matter how small, is only the first step. It takes courage to stand out, especially when others are telling you not to do it, that you’ll only fail if you try, so what’s the use. Many people see the EGO as the voice that makes you think you’re bold, that you’re invincible, and can do anything. I challenge that, I say the ego is also the inner voice that lies to you, it also tells you that you’re not great, that you’ll make a fool of yourself, it encourages you to ask “what will people think of me?” The ego isn’t the friend you thought you had, it’s your biggest critic. In order to do something, sometimes you’ll have to go against everything, sometimes you’ll have to take a stand alone. Not because no one else understands or believes in you means what you’re doing isn’t worthwhile. Sometimes we don’t know what the larger plan is, sometimes you just have to have faith. Otherwise fear and doubt will never let you get off the couch. Your values and beliefs are most important to YOU, no one else can understand completely why you’re so passionate about your cause. If something you set out to do is your DESTINY, then take ownership of it. What I’m not saying is pick an impossible goal. There is something called a S.M.A.R.T Goals, S-pecific, M-easurable, A-chievable, R-ealistic, T-ime Sensitive. Following that simple guideline can help you reach your goals.
My religious values and beliefs are intrinsic to me, no one else has lived my life, and may not believe that there is a God. That’s ok, you’ve not lived my life, you’ve not walked in my shoes. It doesn’t mean that God’s not real, he is to me. So whether you believe that there is a higher power or not, that is your journey to take. I believe that I was put here for a purpose, the quest towards that brings me joy, and helps me to be where I’m needed. So I encourage all that read this to go out and “DO SOMETHING”, and it doesn’t have to be big, a smile to a stranger, letting someone in during traffic, helping someone in need. There are several ways to do something, if you’re aware of what your gift is, then do that. Doing something doesn’t always have to be big, you never know what waves your pebble might create. So I challenge you to not sit back because you think that someone else will do something. Perhaps you’re exactly where you need to be to do something, if you’re the one that see someone in need, maybe that’s why YOU’RE there. I like to reflect, that’s my personality, and I’ve found that most of the times when I’m struggling, I’m not always alone. I don’t mean that in just a spiritual way, but whenever we’re struggling, the people who’re equipped to help us usually show up. In times of need, the help is already there, so if you see someone in need, instead of sitting idly by, do something!