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This morning I’m listening to a corrido entitled, El Quemazón.

Regardless of your political leanings, this song is great because the writer wanted to change something, so he took action using the tools available to him. I love that.

It’s easy to say, “There’s nothing I can do,” or “What can I do? I’m only one person!” It’s easy to say those kinds of things. It’s easy to feel isolated in our houses sitting behind our screens. But please remember, we are more connected now than ever. There are more possibilities for collective action now than any time in history. Through the internet and international infrastructure, we can start movements, build organizations, or foster friendships across thousands of miles.

Yes, we may be small in the grand scheme of things, but it only takes one grain of sand to shift a mountainside. It only takes one clap to set off an ovation. It only takes one word to change a life direction.

One step is enough to set things in motion for the journey.

Isolated, these things are small. In context they take on entirely different meanings.

When we are grains of sand, we can’t see the mountainside falling into the ocean. The context is much bigger than we can understand from our perspective. Intuitively, we may figure out that yes – something will move when we move. Still, how much? How far? These are things that are beyond our knowledge.

I say these things not because I want you to go off and make a political statement (though it would be fine if that’s your inclination!). Rather, I want you to recognize that small actions make a big impact and it is impossible to know exactly what that impact will be.

Any time anyone says some new technology is safe for widespread consumption, I question this because there is always some far reaching consequence we haven’t anticipated. Any new drug, or infrastructure has far-reaching implications.

I don’t remind you of this to keep you from acting, but to remind you that we humans don’t know things. Frequently, we don’t know what we don’t know. And this can be scary.

Will there be unintended consequences for writing and sharing a political song? Maybe. Maybe not. But that’s the point. We don’t know. We just have to decide what is best with the information we have – sitting still or taking action.

We know more or less what happens when we do not act. Things continue as they are. The adventure comes through action. And isn’t that what life is all about? Taking risks? Becoming vulnerable? Choosing to act?

Balance is good in all things. There are times we should sit still. However, I feel we’ve been sitting still a bit too much lately. We need to return to the practice of action.

Today, I’d love it if you did one thing – just one small act that moves you toward something wonderful. Maybe it’s reaching out to a new friend. Maybe it’s offering to help a stranger at the doctor’s office waiting room. Maybe it’s trying that one business strategy you’ve been hemming and hawing over. Whatever it is (and you know best what it should be), tell me about it in the comments below!

We can't see ourselves: Action in context
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