It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s not about getting someone else to do what you or I want. It’s not about whether you’re rich or poor, powerful or weak. It’s about the fact that you have the capacity to make a difference. It’s about doing what gives another hope. It’s about doing what inspires you to do even more. It can happen right from your little corner of the world. And, it all begins with whether you think you can, or not.
Henry Ford spoke wisely of how our thoughts affect our capacity to make things happen, or not. You can choose to be a spark of hope, or not. Attitude profoundly affects our motivation and our fortitude. The Little Engine That Could, a children’s classic, emulates just how easy it is to opt out of opportunity – especially when seemingly insurmountable obstacles are present. One by one, success is foiled by their thinking. Their response to the challenge reveals what’s inside their hearts.
There’s the character that attempts but is rebuffed, and so he quits. There’s the one who breaks down and can’t go on, and so he gives up. There’s the pompous one who considers himself too grand for the task, and so he doesn’t even try. There’s the powerful one who views himself as too important, and so he doesn’t even consider. There’s the elderly one who lacks strength or determination, and so he sees himself as deemed to failure. Then, finally, there’s the tiny character that is reluctant, yet steps up to the challenge – rises to the occasion – and thus saves the day!
Wherever we go, wherever we look, from work to home to church to government, it’s apparent. Some still haven’t grasped the moral of the story.
It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s not about him or her. It’s about us. It’s about choosing to rise during difficult times. It’s about standing by one another when the going gets tough. Strength, perseverance, willingness, and know-how become an unstoppable army of I think I can. No one is too grand to help another. Tending to an elder’s hygiene, washing another’s feet, sitting down to listen and hold a hand, making time to help the helpless, loving one another through life’s toughest season — none of it is beneath anyone. It is often the least likely (or least liked) who show us how “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” can actually produce hope.
From my little corner of the world, I encourage you to contemplate your capacity to make a difference. All around us there is an army waiting to be summoned. People are hungry to make a difference but make the mistake of looking inward for answers. It’s not about me, or you. It is about all of us, through collective strength, perseverance, willingness and know-how. When those traits come together, an unstoppable army is created. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, becomes “yes, we can”.
We were not created to go it alone. God didn’t intend for us to dwell in hardship and pain. We were created to do good works and He even prepared us to do so. A community was born out of such Good Works in rural Appalachia (Ohio). A small army of caring people came together to lovingly lift others out of homelessness and poverty, and provide a vision for a future and a hope. From their little corner of the world, insurmountable challenges became opportunity.