Friday, May 11, 2012

The Power of One

A single protester staring down the tanks
in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, June 1989.
Watch the video:
Never underestimate the power you have to change this world for the better.

You may feel small. You may feel like you don't matter. You may feel like the problem is too big, and you don't have any solutions. You may feel like it's too late.

You may not have the energy left for one more fight. Do it anyway.

The world is watching. We're waiting for a super hero. Not a guy in a cape, with super powers--even though that'd be cool. We just need a regular person, ready to take a stand for something good.

We need you. You are the perfect person for the job--just as you are right now. We don't need you when you're smarter, richer, or skinnier. We need you right now.

Never underestimate how much you matter. You are precious, important, and valued. If you were here with me, I'd give you a big bear hug. I'd tell you over and over again that you're loved--like that scene from Good Will Hunting, where the repetition and intimacy break down your barriers so that you finally, finally get that you're loved.

You might be one person, but that's all it takes sometimes. Never underestimate the power of one. Never underestimate the power of a simple gesture. Do something good in this world. We all need it. Need to believe that good still exists. That it will prevail.

Feel like you're facing a huge challenge? Have no fear. Take inspiration from this guy:

You can do it. We're waiting for you.

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