Can-one-person-change-the-worldIt’s easy to look at the problems of the world and think that one person couldn’t possibly make a difference.

War, terrorism, drugs, crime, homelessness, unemployment, millions of refugees, poverty, man-made climate change, the list of massive global issues goes on and on.

Sometimes, I feel helpless.

I feel useless.

I feel completely inadequate.

And I’m not always sure where to start or even if I should bother trying.

Can one person really change the world?

Then I remember well-known people like Gandhi, Mandela, Luther King and Mother Teresa and I know that one person can make a difference.

But surely they were the exceptions.

They were extraordinary people for extraordinary times, I’m not like that.

And then I read about ordinary people.

People like Jadav Payeng, who single-handedly planted an entire forest and regenerated an eco-system.

People like Dashrath Manjhi, who carved a road in a mountain to give his village access to better services.

People who saw a problem.

People who used their skills, experience and passion to deliver a solution.

People who made a commitment to making the world a better place.

People like you and me.

Can one person change the world?

Yes.

Can you?

Absolutely!

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