There are many doubters out there that say one person can’t make a difference, but if you have knowledge of almost any relief effort or any major institute, you will see that it usually started with the dream of one person. Leo Roste once said “The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” I believe those people, who are the leaders of these organizations, have been able to master this art.
I strongly believe in the above quote because how can we say at the end of the day that we have some purpose in this world, when we in actuality are serving no purpose at all. Take our “One Pencil Can Help Bring Peace” class as an example. It all started with one soldier who decided that the children of Afghanistan needed supplies to be educated as education in his mind was the best weapon against extremists Taliban. His dream spread to a few other people who thought it was an amazing idea and gave him the support he needed. All it took was one person, to change the life of many of the students of Afghanistan.
So why do we normal everyday citizens believe any different? Do our small deeds mean nothing? Of course they do not! Every little thing that we can do to help the world is meaningful, because one person can make a difference no matter how small the action that they do is. I learned this very recently as I started learning about the relief organizations in the Tampa area and read further into “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson.
A local relief organization which is based in D.C and is spreading its roots into Tampa started off with one man’s mission to find his purpose in life. I got the opportunity to work with this man for one day at a hygiene kit drive for Haiti and his passion for the work was moving! It was amazing how so many people, even after knowing very little about the organization itself came just because they knew what he wanted to do and they believed in his dream. One man made did all that happen. Just as this man was able to share his dream, Greg Mortenson was able to share his in an attempt to build schools in Pakistan. He was able to share his dream with the few people who supported him and made his dream into a reality. Our project, “School Supplies for Afghan Children” was, a dream first shared on SMSgt Rex Temple deployment blog “Afghanistan – My Last Tour. Now it is a reality.
This project started off with one person and has grown throughout the country all because one man decided that he was not going to see these children go uneducated only because they lacked these supplies. We as individuals need to stop making excuses claiming that we alone cannot change anything because in reality we can. You never know who you can influence with your words or actions. Your one dream can turn into something that might change the world. Your one pencil can bring peace.