How to Make a Difference? Pause, Ponder, Proceed
Lately, the graphic images of families being completely uprooted, young lives being taken too soon and the desperation to create some sort of ‘new normal’ is hard to watch. Like many, we wonder what we could possibly do to make a difference. And that’s the problem. When we’re faced with something so huge, we can become stuck by the bigness of the issue. We start to vacillate. We don’t know where to begin.
It’s similar when we have unrealized career aspirations or want to try something new. Our ideas and dreams can seem too big so we stall, become stuck and stagnate. What we have to keep in mind is that every large effort starts with doing something small. As we begin to take these small steps, the cumulative effort creates the momentum.
Writers know this. I’ve written several children’s fiction novels and manuscripts, a career management book and countless blogs and articles. Every idea is just that until we take the time to pause, ponder and then proceed. We start by asking questions like: What is it I’m trying to say? What am I trying to achieve here? What’s the next small step in this process? And then take it.
Middle Grade/Young Adult author, Robin Stevenson, and Children’s Book Editor, Sarah Harvey, took that small step and called on Canadian children’s book authors, illustrators and publishers to contribute to Doctors Without Borders. They saw how successful this idea was for UK author Patrick Ness in fundraising for Syrian refugees and they wanted to do something similar in Canada. Their initial goal was $10,000 and as I write this, they have surpassed the $20,000 mark.
This is an example of how taking small steps creates momentum to achieve what first felt like an out-of-reach goal. It’s also an example of what happens when people come forward with small acts of kindness ─ the individual small steps add up to a community response.
When you get caught up in the bigness of something, start by thinking small. Pause, Ponder, then Proceed. You may be surprised at what one small step forward can achieve.
Wishing You Full Career Alignment and Success,