Do you ever struggle to believe that any of it really matters? What you say to someone or don't say. What you do with your life or don't do. If you're kind to people or not. If you give the homeless man a dollar or don't. If you compost your banana peel or put it in the trash.
I will always say that I believe everything we do matters, but some days I don't act like I believe it. I don't say what I wanted to say to someone. I don't work towards doing what I want to do with my life. I'm not kind to everyone... just my favorites. I don't give a dollar to the homeless man and I put my banana peel in the closest trash can instead of waiting to put it in a compost bin.
It's hard to believe that these small actions will make any kind of difference because we can't yet see the long-term effects that they will have on the world. We can only begin to catch a glimpse of the great long-term impact that we can have, when we start to act consistently in line with our beliefs.
I've found that when I do decide to make those very small, but bold choices in line with my values, the world around me starts to look a little bit like the world I envision for the future: A world where kindness is currency, people are emboldened to live the life they dream of, a place where we share what we have and take care of our common home.
My words to myself and to anyone who struggles with believing that any of it matters is this: Yes, it matters. You matter. Every small thing that you do has the potential to become a habit, and every habit has the potential to become a lifestyle, and everyone living a lifestyle, has the potential to start a movement, and every movement has the potential to improve the well-being of the world.
All we have to do is to be consistent, be bold, and give a damn. Be consistently bold in you're giving a damn and the world will change.