At times, it’s scary. Other times, it’s frustrating and confusing. Should we just throw up our hands and surrender? Of course not.
But, what is a single person to do?
On a global scale, one individual cannot usually do much. There are exceptions, of course, but generally speaking, neither you nor I are going to change the world entirely by ourselves. But, if there is a fight worth fighting, go out there and battle for what you believe in. They say, “You can’t fight City Hall,” but David beat Goliath. The odds may be long, but it can happen.
So, is that the big picture? Or, is the big picture made up of brush strokes too numerous to count? The Sistine Chapel’s ceiling may be one of the most magnificent pieces of art, but at some point, Michelangelo’s paint brush left its first mark. That’s what we can do to make a difference. Make our first mark.
Think Globally. Act Locally
I’m sure we’re all familiar with the concept of the Butterfly Effect. For those who aren’t, it’s the theory of how a hurricane resulted from a butterfly flapping its wings weeks earlier. What if we started our own butterfly effect? What if by helping a neighbor or smiling at a stranger or holding the door for someone leads them to do a good deed for another? What if by doing so, they in turn, helped someone else? Would it ever stop?
I’d like to think that if we do enough small good deeds – small brush strokes of goodness – we could all be a part of creating a masterpiece like Michelangelo. Ours, however, would not be viewed by tourists on a ceiling, but would be a living work of art. A work of art so powerful it could grow economies, find cures and end disease, and even the playing field for all.
It may be idealistic, but it’s that two degree difference that could set things in motion. What if by doing good on a small scale doesn’t lead to world peace? You know what? We’ve still done good and made the world we live in, on a daily basis, a little better. And, who knows? Maybe someday the butterfly will flap her wings at just the right moment – in just the right place.
How do you plan on flapping your wings to create that two degree difference?
Live on Fire!
D. Luke Iorio, CPC, PCC, ELI-MP
President & CEO
Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)