The power of one, for outreach or for disturbance

2012 Habitat Bolivia 255The Sunday school lesson I taught the kids at my church this past Sunday focused on the affirmation “What I believe in my heart is what I show in my actions.” The quote came from the A Joyful Path curriculum; their way of saying “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

We talked about kids who had accomplished remarkable feats of social justice and outreach. Ryan Hreljac, for example, at the age of 6 planted the seed for Ryan’s Well Foundation. One six-year-old believed in his heart that all people should have access to clean water, and his actions helped to build more than 803 water projects and 1012 latrines to bring safe water and improved sanitation to more than 769,558 people.

Wow.

Imagine if all of us believed something so simple in our hearts and took actions to help bring it about.

When I returned home that day, I clicked into the Poetry to Inspire blog to read Jean Kay’s poem “The Power of One.” She included a series of pictures of thousands of snow geese gathered in a farmer’s field enjoying tranquil peace, only to be disturbed by an eagle. (See it here: http://poetrytoinspire.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/the-power-of-one)

Wow.

Do you remember a time when one disruptive presence barged in to destroy the productive peace of a large contented group?

Sometimes I feel I don’t have much power to affect change in the world. What can little old me do to make a difference? But we all hold much more power than we realize—to help others or to disturb others.

If I ever forget this, or on those days when it feels like a far-out, crazy notion, I’ll click on Jean’s pictures again as a reminder.

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About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on November 5, 2013, in good faith, Gratitude, How do you define success?, Inspiration, Living life to the fullest and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thanks so much for including my blog link within your blog. I am honoured. It was such an amazing sight and sound as all those geese protected themselves from the eagle by taking flight. I felt very privileged to be there observing.

  2. Thanks Arlene – I waited to read your blog until I was relaxing with a cupper. What a surprise to see my blog included in yours. It was an amazing example of the power of one, and a good reminder. Hugs Jean

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