Are you fed up of feeling helpless during this Coronavirus Crisis? As the weeks go on, the lock-downs continue, and people lose their income, there may be people out there who simply cannot afford the day to day necessities. We’re thankful for the front-liners but we can all do something – anything, no matter how small, can help. All it takes is for one person to step out and do that one small thing. You can be THAT one person.
To the world, you are one person
But to one person you may be the world.
~ Dr. Suess ~
History tells us that all it takes is one person to start a movement. One person says, “I’ve had enough” and their passion drives a group to change the world.
You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.
Mahatma Gandhi, one person, employed non-violent resistance to lead the campaign for India’s independence from British Rule. This in turn, inspired the civil rights movements across the world. All it took was one person to stand up and be counted.
“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”
Mother Teresa, one person, who decided to dedicate her life to serving the poor around the world. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and became the symbol for charitable selfless work. One person was all it took to start that movement.
Move to more modern times – in 1980, one mom started a movement that would significantly change how we do things. She started MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) to end drunk/drugged driving and support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent under-age drinking. One person was all that it took.
Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
We invite you to join us to do something small e.g. cook an additional meal for someone when you’re cooking for your family, do their shopping for them or even just providing some free advice. It’s time that theory should become reality. By yourself you cannot do much, but the compound effect of everyone doing something small amounts to much.
Some of the initiatives that we’ve heard about include:
THE BEAR HUNT
Place a bear in your window so others can go “bear hunting”. It’s a fun way to get some fresh air, go for a walk (if it’s still permitted where you are) and hunt for bears with your children while keeping to the social distancing as recommended by our Governments. Several new groups have sprung up recently – one of which is the Australian Bear Hunt Movement.
BUILD A SMALL COMMUNITY
How many of you know your neighbours? Do you even know their names? Do a letter drop to your neighbours in the street and invite them to join a small Whatsapp Group. Get to know them and build your community. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Get into a group “virtual hug” via Whatsapp. Stay in touch and celebrate together when this is all over.
I CANT DO MUCH BUT I CAN DO THIS
The new Facebook Group I CANT DO MUCH BUT I CAN DO THIS was birthed out of our desire to share the good news and sing about our Unsung Heroes out there. It is not all doom and gloom. The human spirit is alive and kicking.
Join the Facebook Group and …
- Tell us what you can/are doing and inspire others. Hashtag your city so we know where you are.
- Share with us what your business is offering in terms of free help
- Share positive words and encouragement
- Share your funny stories and memes to bring some laughter into people’s lives – Laughter is STILL the best medicine.
TOGETHER we can get through this! Rise! Show your leadership. Now is the time to build community. So do join the I CANT DO MUCH BUT I CAN DO THIS Facebook Group, tell your friends about it and together, let us change the world … one little act of kindness at a time.
About the Author:
Patsy Lim’s business and financial background (having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980), together with her entrepreneurial spirit enables her to apply a potent blend of strong financial and accounting expertise, deep practical business experience, and entrepreneurial flair and creativity to complex business problems. As an entrepreneur, she understands the issues that an entrepreneur faces. So, unlike some accountants who only know the theory of business, Patsy has had hands-on experience of what it means to be IN business, to start a business, to grow a business, and most of all, to manage a business when times inevitably get tough!
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