Brain Candy Issue 5

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 9:25 PM

 It is always a good thing to make a difference in the world around us, but some people hit a major block when trying to do so. How can one person change suicide rates, stop animal abuse, or save the environment? These tasks seem especially difficult for the shy people out there who have no idea how to get people to come together for their cause. There is one simple answer to those questions: the difference you make does not have to be large; small differences add up and result in change!

 A lot of people believe that to make a difference, you have to do something large and important, but that is not true. Even the littlest things make a bigger difference than you might think they do. Simply unplugging your chords when you are not using them, like when you are done charging your phone, not leaving the charger plugged in can save a lot of energy. Another example is picking up litter in your neighborhood; it is good for the environment and the beauty of your neighborhood.

  I once heard a story that went something like this: hundreds of starfish wash up on a beach everyday when the tide comes in and die because they are unable to get back to the water. One morning, a man was throwing as many starfish as he could back into the sea before they died. A jogger came down the beach and said, “You’re wasting your time. There’s hundreds of starfish, you can’t possibly make a difference.” The man simply threw another starfish and said, “Made a difference to that one.” The point of the story is that even though he could not do much to lower the overall number of starfish washed up on the shore, he made a huge difference to the ones he did manage to save.

 There are many examples of little things that make immense differences to those on the receiving end. Maybe you cannot save the multitude of dogs and cats being put to sleep in pounds, but the one or two that you adopt or foster will be able to live long, happy lives. One person alone cannot stop global warming, but one person can decide not to add to it. There are millions upon millions of little things that you can do that make a huge difference in the world. Do not expect too much of yourself; you do not need to change the world on a grand scale. Just doing simple, little things every day can change someone’s world, and that is what really counts in the end. Also, following one major cause can take up a lot of time, energy, and money, and often times people start a project and cannot finish it, which leaves them doing nothing helpful. Just think, if everyone who was not following through with a major cause did little things to help the world around us, then those little changes would add up and become big differences, and the world would end up being a better place.


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