June 22, 2012 § 9 Comments
They will have you believe the only way is in numbers.
And they will count on you believing the numbers will never be in your favour.
That there will never be enough of ‘you’.
They will let you believe that ‘they’ have power—governments, corporations.
And of course, they have.
But not without us.
Not without you.
They will not encourage you to believe the power of one person.
They will not ask you: what is the one thing you could do differently?
Not once but always, one thing that you can do differently forever.
That if you did it forever, it would change one sliver of the world.
They won’t ask, I guarantee it.
Because you might answer; it might cause you to think.
You might say: I will only buy local apples in the month of October.
Or, I will buy fewer books this year but all of them from an indie book store.
Or you might say you will turn off the tap as you brush your teeth.
Or find a better place to buy your coffee, your lunch, your shoes.
You might choose as your one thing to write a letter a month to an MP.
Or a letter a year.
Or walk from here to there instead of drive.
Or pick up a piece of litter every Friday afternoon.
They won’t ask.
But you can ask yourself.
What is the one thing you can do differently?
You can do as many things as you like of course.
But this is just about doing one.
Big or small.
Just choosing it.
And doing it.
There’s no rally, no meeting, no placards.
No club dues or posters.
Well, maybe posters.
All of that has its place.
But not in this game.
It’s private, this.
Be prepared; they will laugh.
Say things like ‘frivolous’ and ‘inconsequential’.
Words of fear.
They will point out that they’re winning.
Will hope you see it that way too.
Will hope you feel small and give up.
They will never, ever tell you the truth about the tiniest actions.
How they have immense power when they’re consistent.
And they will pray you never believe it’s true.
So this is my proposition: a movement of One Things.
One person at a time.
Changing just one thing you do.
Just one thing.
You can tell the world what it is.
Or you can tell no one.
It’s harder to tell no one.
Harder to just keep doing it.
The difference is in the action.
And the action will be felt.
Millions of people doing one thing differently.
A hard target for ‘them’ to attack.
Millions of individuals.
Silently changing the world.