Every year I seem to need the same reminder. It has come to me from different sources, but started with one college professor.
He was teaching us about global business, but more so than that, how to be open minded, look at problems from more than one angle, and how to see our own strengths and weaknesses. We were required to write journals every week, and in one of them I said:
"I want to make a difference in the world, but I just don't know how"
This was his response, scribbled in the margins-
"A difference in the world can happen quietly. A right word spoken here
or there. A good example at the right time. These kinds of things aren't
as visible as some but can be as or more impactful. Quiet exchanges
between 2 people. That's where most of the good is done in the world."
And even though this was years ago, while I was trudging along in school, discouraged
at how I was ever going to contribute anything to the world, I still have to think about this reminder often, and I find myself reblogging it every year.
Maybe it's when I'm questioning my current place in my career, my goals, or my impact on the world, but either way; when you
don't feel like you are getting anywhere, just remember you can always
grow where you are planted.