This quote is from the story of ‘The Lion and the Mouse’.
‘A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the Lion’s nose. Roused from his nap, the Lion laid his huge paw angrily on the tiny creature to kill her.
“Spare me!” begged the poor Mouse. “Please let me go and someday I will surely repay you.”
The Lion was much amused to think that a Mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the Mouse go.
Some days later, while stalking his prey in the forest, the Lion was caught in the toils of a hunter’s net. Unable to free himself, he filled the forest with his angry roaring. The Mouse knew the voice and quickly found the Lion struggling in the net. Running to one of the great ropes that bound him, she gnawed it until it parted, and soon the Lion was free.
“You laughed when I said I would repay you,” said the Mouse. “Now you see that even a Mouse can help a Lion.”‘
In my last post I mentioned that at times it is easy to feel like an ostrich, burying our heads in the sand to try and ignore all the evil and heartbreak in the world, because we feel helpless, like there isn’t anything we can do.
This is because we think that “changing the world” consists of only innovative, society altering movements and campaigns that make a lasting change on the world. But when you get down to it, I believe that to “change the world” means to make a change to better someone’s world, one person at a time.
By helping one person feel valued, special, important, you are changing the world for them. Mother Teresa cared for thousands during her life, but she cared for and loved one individual at a time.
Mother Teresa said, “There are no great deeds. Only Small deeds done with great love.”
I was feeling fed up a few weeks ago and a close friend send me a little pick me up in the post. It wasn’t anything expensive but it was a surprise that made my day.
We may not be able to stop the recent heart-breaking worldwide events but we can do something for someone today. Not only does that mean you are not insignificant, but it means you can change someone’s world every single day. We just need to change our mind about what it means to change the world. We forget how much an act of kindness can impact someone’s day, month, year and life.
When an Ostrich is frightened instead of sticking their head into the sand – a myth, it will either run away or lie down low and stretch their necks out, as flat as they can, in the hope they will blend in to their environment. Running away or lying low in an attempt to go unnoticed and be protected from the world around us, hoping the world gets better is not an effective method to live by.
You make the world a better place each time you help, support and encourage someone else – there are so many random acts of kindness you can do to help ease someone else’s burden and change their world.
Sometimes we do not realise the impact we have had until it comes full circle. Changing the world starts at home within us and our families, expanding out with the ripple effect, creating a storm and changing the world for one person at a time with each kind word and act of love.
One act or grand gesture alone won’t change the whole world, but it can change the world for someone, who will change it for someone else, who will change it for someone else, and so on and on.
If you believe you are insignificant and that your efforts are not enough, you will be unhappy, you will burry your head in the sand and the world will suffer by missing out on all the good that you have to offer.
But, if you realise that you have a great power and a responsibility to touch another person’s life each day, resulting in world-changing ripples of love, you will be starting a storm that changes the world.