If Not Me, then Who?

How often have you caught yourself saying (or thinking), “Oh, someone else will do that.  I don’t have to worry about it.”  Now imagine if everyone thought like that.  Nothing, and I mean nothing would ever get done!  When we see a problem in the world, such as cancer, or starving kids in Africa, what do we do?

The majority of us probably wish we could fix it, but we say to ourselves, “How will we ever do that?  It’s impossible for me, just an ordinary person, to do something about that.”  We seem to forget that many great people who have done great things were “just ordinary people.”  Exactly like us.

We can’t just leave our problems for someone else to solve.

We must confront what the world throws at us.

All of the heroes that we look up to saw a dilemma (or even just something that could be bettered) and tried to fix it.  Imagine if what they accomplished had never happened.  What if Thomas Edison, instead of jumping at the idea of a lightbulb, had instead vegetated on his couch, thinking, “Someone else will figure that out.”

If Gandhi, thinking, “Someone else will get Britain out of India.  I don’t need to do that.  It would never work,” hadn’t led his peaceful revolution, what then?

Don’t discredit your ideas just because you think they won’t work, or because you think that since you’re not a genius, your thoughts aren’t worth anything.  Who knows?  Maybe you, watching a commercial for McDonalds Happy Meals, will notice something that you, and only you, will see.  Something that no one else, not even the most brilliant scientist, will find.  That random piece of information that triggers something in your brain, and yours alone, could lead to a cure for cancer.  Maybe all you need to do is jot down the idea and research it on the Internet later.  (But not too much later, or you’ll forget about it.  You know you will.)

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

We need to get off the couch and take that first step, without leaving it for someone else.

If you don’t do it, then who will?

Elizabeth

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