“None of this small stuff that I am doing is making a difference, so why bother doing it at all?” Heard that before? I hear it all the time, so it never surprises me when I hear it again. Seems that there are many people who only see positive events when giant corporations or industries make changes, without taking into the account what happens when the collective “we” make millions of small changes. Just because you cannot see what each person is doing in their own life, doesn’t mean it isn’t making a difference.
Each and every single little thing you do helps. Every single little thing.
It may not seem like much or that it is having an effect, but remember – small changes add up when done in great numbers. Not many of us can make huge changes that impact entire industries or the way we live our life here on earth, and that’s why it is important that you do what you can. Many environmentalists will naysay the small stuff, demanding that we all think bigger – and that’s great…if you can. Not everyone can afford to put solar panels on their home; buy a new Prius; or feed their family all organic food. It is important to think big, don’t get me wrong – but discouraging those who want to start small does way more damage than good. Once people start to see the benefits of their health improving or their energy bills decline, they might be more apt to do more. We should be encouraging ANY AND ALL changes that individuals or families can make! Big changes start with small changes at home, and no one should think the small stuff doesn’t make a difference. For example:
Don’t let anyone discourage you from doing what you can. Do I want you to try to do more? Of course. But don’t listen to anyone trying to make you feel guilty because you aren’t living the ideal “green” life – trying is half the battle. And when we all try, we all benefit.
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