Small Actions Stimulate Big Reactions
The ‘teaspoon of change’ imagery is one that we as students are persistently encouraged to visualize; this representation naturally depicts the idea that small but significant actions are capable of igniting a positive impact in the world. Thus, it grants everyone a role in shaping society – regardless of how small – which corresponds to the philosophical proposal that ‘change starts with you’. In light of these theories, and the current pandemic we are faced with, this blog is written with the intention to invite you as individuals to acknowledge and embrace your inner potential as students and humans of the world: to make a change; to stimulate difference; to advocate for what you believe in. Specifically, this blog will outline small methods that you may indulge yourself in to instigate a bigger difference, proving that ‘small’ does not equal ‘insignificant’:
Give: Inevitably, the immediate association drawn from the word ‘give’ is that of ‘money’, and while there is no denying that donations play a crucial role in sculpting the lives of many, there are indeed many smaller forms of giving which can, likewise, help others. Blood, Hair, and Time. Increasingly, shortages exist amidst blood banks, and donating blood demands nothing financially and will take no more than 30 minutes. This parallels the giving of hair: many kids diagnosed with cancer are required to shave their heads generating an immediate physical difference between them and the rest of their friends – your hair could potentially construct a wig and accordingly grant a smile on many children’s faces. However, the key challenge with both these actions is the need for time: time to research about blood types, time to research about hair types, and time to find a place nearby of which your services can be accepted. However, this can prove incredibly worth it: your short term sacrifice of time and energy may prompt long term happiness for others.
Learn: How many times have you been present at a dinner table or gathering where the topic of discussion is evidently not one of familiarity, or present at a talk where you are unsure whether to agree or disagree with what is being said? Often when this occurs, people remain passive – but, by transforming that passive confusion to active realization, your formed opinions can challenge the discrete prejudices and judgments that secretly mutate in the security of family or friendly discussions. In order to effectively eliminate these prejudices, you must first educate yourself; reading is undeniably one of the greatest methods of rewarding your brain – allowing it to generate justified and well-thought opinions. Consequently, your actions of learning can also stimulate greater change, both within the closed frames of your house and outside.
Ask: Finally, there is the most dreaded method that we all despise: that of asking for help in understanding and empathizing with the cause. The act of asking is often understood as a representation of vulnerability and unawareness but in reality, the best way we can help advocate against a problem is to truly understand the cause; go to the root of the problem; the people of whom are suffering from the problem; and ask questions to understand and help.
I challenge you to adopt at least one of the methods explored above and truly prove to yourself that small actions can indeed stimulate much bigger reactions.