The power of One

Never think the world is large enough what if you don’t make a decision or not make a noise against something. There are times when each one of us has to make a decision. And we don’t make a decision and sit back waiting for others to start — we wait who else takes the decision first for us to follow him.

But what if we could stand and take the decision and become the first to do so. It would have been better if other people also stood with us and took decisions. But nobody in this world wants to bell the cat. There are very few people who stand up and say ‘NO’ to the tormentor, to their inhibitions, which they fear and sit back inactive waiting for others to come forward.

Think what difference it would have made in the society if we all stood to the negative people to stop sabotaging our minds by their negativity, to the advertisements claiming fake benefits for making big money, to the public figures who act in such fake advertisements for their incomes. The impact would have been astounding.

There is power in numbers. If one stands up to start, another may second him and a third one may yet get a fourth one to stand up to the cause. Sitting back and not taking decisions will not make our day.

 As Steve Jobs said, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Never underestimate your power to make a change in this world.

An old man, walking on a beach one morning, noticed a young woman walking and bending down every now and then, picking up fish and throwing them back into the sea. The man asked her why she was doing this. She replied that the poor fish had got washed ashore at night, and would probably die in the morning sun without water.

“But this beach stretches for miles and there are probably a million fish on the shore,” countered the old man. “How will your effort make any difference?” The young woman looked at the fish in her hand, flung it into the water and said, ‘Well, it sure made a difference to that one.’

In our lives and careers, we regularly come across such fish moments, seemingly insurmountable problems, where our individual contribution to the solution seems small, almost trivial. Be it corruption, tax evasion, donation, blood donation, raise voice against the injustice, Tyranny, Freedom of speech and many more. We should raise our voice in all such cases.

The next time that happens to you, your fish moment, remember you could do one of two things. Either shrug your shoulders and say why bother, what difference can it make or take that small step and do your bit.

The beach may be long. There may be millions of fish. But throwing one back means one life saved. You can make a difference!

Every little bit counts. Do your part.

Make decisions frequently. Never think what people will say. People will always say something, whether you do something or not. You are you. When you don’t take decisions often your power becomes dormant and this happens with the whole nations. People don’t take decisions don’t raise voice and tyrants, wrong-doers flourish.

In office meetings executive don’t speak, they feel what people will say? Why me? We don’t speak in front of people in a party or a congregation thinking that we would look foolish.

If you are unaware of the power of one and think you are very small try going to bed with a mosquito in the room. If that small creature has so much power then how do you underestimate yourself?

The power of one has never been denounced or less in this world. There have been instances when a single man has stood the tyranny, discrimination or apartheid being meted out to a community, race or a particular country people. We will take here three stories of such type which show us that the power of one is not less than a whole nation.

Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was also known as Mahatma, “Great Soul”, Gandhi, was a hero, as well as a political and spiritual leader of India. Known for his ascetic lifestyle – he often dressed only in a loincloth and shawl – and devout Hindu faith. Later in 1893, Gandhi went to South Africa to work and found that there was a lot of prejudice towards Indians. He began his activism as an Indian immigrant in South Africa in the early 1900s, and in the years following World War, I became the leading figure in India’s struggle to gain independence from Great Britain. Last but not least, the non-violent Indian Independence Movement was the all-time heroic deed led by Gandhi. This movement was accomplished in 1947 and India got freedom from Britishers. The three main qualities that define Gandhi as a hero are his strong leadership, simplicity, and bravery.

Rosa Parks

By refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus in 1955, black seamstress Rosa Parks (1913—2005) helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States. The leaders of the local black community organized a bus boycott that began the day Parks was convicted of violating the segregation laws. Led by a young Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the boycott lasted more than a year—during which Parks not coincidentally lost her job—and ended only when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation was unconstitutional. Over the next half-century, Parks became a nationally recognized symbol of dignity and strength in the struggle to end entrenched racial segregation.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela ( 1918- 2013) was a nonviolence anti-apartheid activist, politician, and philanthropist who became South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies. Beginning in 1962, Mandela spent 27 years in prison for political offenses. In 1993, Mandela and South African President F.W. De Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to dismantle the country’s apartheid system. For generations to come, Nelson Mandela will continue to be a source of inspiration for civil rights activists worldwide.

Never underestimate your power. You are not alone, you have with you, GOD.

Same is with us. We don’t speak good even for a good person. The latest is a political party of India. The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) of India had only 116 seats in Lok Sabha before 2014 but one man, Narendra Modi(a.k.a, Namo) took the reins of the party in this hand and united his party.

He won elections in 2014 winning 282 seats in Lok Sabha and became Prime Minister of India. He worked hard to overhaul the policies of the nation, take new initiatives, provide amenities to the nation’s poor. He took big financial decisions. He boosted the image of India in front of the International community. He traveled across the world to woo the investors to invest in this country.

People spoke foul of him but he kept doing his work for the nation and all those naysayers were silenced in recent elections of 2019 when his party won 303 seats with a thumping majority in Lok Sabha and he again became Prime Minister of India for another 5 years to run the government.

He worked in silence and let his success stories make the noise for him. People tried to malign his image by allegations of corruption against him but they themselves were sullied by the nation’s electorate and he remained a winner. It is because you can fool few people for few days not 150 crore people for years. When people saw his work they voted him to power again. Think and work like Namo and your results will also be likewise.

If you raise your voice, someone, somewhere will stand to listen to you; just shout in full pitch against the wrong.

Stand up for your dream, for your purpose.

Same is with us. We don’t speak good for a good person. The latest is a political party of India. The condition of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) was not good before 2014 but one man, Narendra Modi(a.k.a, Namo) took the reins of the party in this hand and united his party.

He won elections in 2014 and became Prime Minister of India. He worked hard to overhaul the policies of the nation, take new initiatives, provide amenities to the nation’s poor. He took big financial decisions. He led the image of this country in front of the International community. He traveled across the world to woo the investors to invest in this country.

People spoke foul of him but he kept doing his work for the nation and all those naysayers were silenced in recent elections of 2019 when his party won with a thumping majority and he became Prime Minister for another 5 years to run the government.

He worked in silence and let his success stories make the noise for his. Think like Namo and your results will also be like his. People tried to malign his image by allegations of corruption against him but they themselves were sullied by the nation’s electorate and the winner remained a winner. It is because you can fool a few people for a few days, not 150 crore people for years. When people saw his work they voted him to the power again.

Same may happen with you. Someone will stand to listen to you; just shout out in full pitch against the wrong.

Just stand up for your dream, for your purpose.

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