“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”~Edward Everett Hale
When I look at the world and all the problems, I sometimes feel like a tiny ant, and I feel too small to do anything to make a difference. When I look at my country and all the problems, I sometimes feel like a busy bee flying around, pollinating each situation, in my opinion reproducing good or bad opinions. When I think of my community, I don’t know where I belong what I can do. Sometimes I don’t particularly appreciate fitting in or being told what I have to do.
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do, as the song goes. But, the power in one is that it can’t be divided against itself. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do, as the quote above states.
There are many ways I can help the world right in the tiny space I occupy—one small thing at a time, like using my own shopping bags instead of plastic ones. I can help my country by laying my pride aside and listening to one person at a time. In my community, I can offer the best of who I am. And for my friends and family, treat all with the same kindness I would intend.
Reflection: When I open my heart and soul to God, I remember what it truly feels like to be one with God. Nothing can divide that oneness but through my own choosing. It works the same way in the world and with each other. Our uniqueness is our one puzzle piece in the world, and when all the details coming together, we create a better world.