31 May 2019

Aaron Saxton UKFast director of training with one of UKFast's apprentices volunteering to support The Seashell Trust.

Aaron Saxton UKFast director of training with one of UKFast’s apprentices volunteering to support The Seashell Trust.

Every little helps. That may be the strapline for one of the country’s biggest supermarkets, but it is true! Every small action or gesture often creates a much larger ripple.

I mention this today having seen an image doing the rounds on social media. The text within it starts: “To the person who uses metal straws to save fish but consumes animals, I’d like to say thank you. To the vegan who isn’t aware of our homelessness problem, thank you. To the climate change activists who aren’t attentive to fast fashion, thank you…”

The post (which is in full below) goes on to thank the people who are doing their small part to make a difference in this world. It also suggests that perhaps we should appreciate one another’s efforts rather than critiquing them. The text really resonated with me.

Can you imagine if we celebrated one another’s achievements in making a small difference in the world, rather than critiquing? How much more would we all be motivated and inspired to achieve?

Water your garden

There is extraordinary pressure to be all things to all people, particularly because of social media, but it is impossible. Social media is an amplifier, an extraordinary communication tool, but we’re using it wrong!

Why not take the time to celebrate one another, to congratulate those achievements in having Meat-Free Mondays to help tackle climate change, or to sponsor that run that someone is doing to raise money for charity. Instead we seem to be spiralling into a society that is so unforgiving, seeing what is being missed rather than what is being achieved.

I recorded an interview with an incredible person recently. Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run the Boston marathon with a bib number. She transformed opportunities in sport for women and she continues to dedicate much of her time to philanthropy now.

She said to me, that you cannot water the world with a small watering can, you have to choose which part of the garden to water. If we each took the time and energy to save our part of the world, we would together save the whole world.

Both that chat and the social media post certainly gave me food for thought, and a timely reminder to celebrate the incredible efforts of those around us to have a positive impact on our world.


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