What do you really think of the average American? That was the question posed in a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. And here’s what Americans thought of other Americans based on those findings: We’re a patriotic bunch and we’re honest. However, those same people also said that Americans are pretty selfish.
In light of those findings, it’s a good idea to remember the power that one person with one idea can have in a community. You don’t necessarily have to go out and invest thousands of hours or money to make a difference.
Carlene Ashworth, past national president of the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, had this to say about some examples that demonstrate the power of one:
- It just takes one handshake and a smile to let an elderly veteran in a nursing home know that someone cares.
- It takes just one knock on the door of a young mother whose husband is deployed and whose’ washing machine just quit working to know she has support.
- It takes the power of just one person to round up the community and line the streets with waving flags to honor local soldiers being deployed or coming home.
- It takes one spark to light a candle or start a forest fire.
- It takes just one of you to revitalize the passion in yourself or someone else.
One thought, one word, one smile, one action, one idea can launch a transformation. Use your power as one individual to make a difference in someone’s life. Reach out and take action today.
You are so right. Each of us can make a difference in every act of kindness and thanks. I have learned that the domino effect often follows when I talk about the flag or sing a patriotic song in my preschool class. Children are now doing the same with other children. It is wonderful to see. Thank you!