One small gesture can make a whole lot of difference.
Especially when you’re one of the most famous people on the planet.
Cristiano Ronaldo has indeed taken just as much money off corporate food giants as any other sportsperson. And he’s probably even drank pop before.
But that one simple act of removing a bottle of coca-cola from where advertisers had carefully placed it, and replacing it with water, might change how a million children view sugary drinks.
Luckily, most of us don’t have our every action scrutinized by a billion eyes. But we still never know how big a small gesture can become because we never know who’s watching.
The cliche moments in films — the cringy ones you know are coming — are there for a reason.
Take The Magic Juice. Space Jam was where I saw it first.
The protagonist and their team drink some “magic juice” that helps them win against the odds. But near the end, they find out that it was just boring old water, and they had the power in them all along.
This isn’t just the World Mothering Association trying to get you to drink more water and eat some fruit…
The magic juice has to be water because the protagonist has to learn that doing the “boring” stuff we can all do is what makes them a winner. Not some unattainable, magical remedy.
The secret to success is doing the boring stuff, like drinking more water, walking 10 km, doing a bit of exercise. Consuming in a way that doesn’t destroy our planet. Working on something long-term that fulfills us and improves our community.
It’s all small and trite and uncool. Nothing mysterious about it.
But if you can pull that off for any length of time, you win.
Saying nothing is the most dangerous thing we can do.
We like to think that if we keep quiet and keep our heads down, we’ll be ok. But saying nothing could strip us everything.
‘Saying nothing’ is just as loud as screaming through a megaphone. Sometimes even louder. That’s why “your silence speaks volumes”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn writes in The Gulag Archipelago about how freedom is eroded, one small submission — one short silence — at a time.
When we say nothing against the mistreatment or abuse of other beings, we sanction it. When we say nothing of our own suffering or fail to advocate for our dreams, we bury deep within ourselves the seed of an all-consuming, bitter plant.
It’s all too easy to say something these days, and even easier to say the wrong thing.
But saying nothing in the face of injustice rips the future from under all our feet.
It might seem like you’re just one person with no power, but let me show you why you’re much more powerful and important than you realize.
The ‘grand scheme of things’ seems so grand that we forget how much influence we have on it.
How can we influence the world when we’re just one tiny ape amongst billions?
We can change the world because your story isn’t just your story; your story connects to everyone you’re connected to — your network.
We might come into contact with 1,000 people in our lives, maybe even more now we’re all online. And if each of those people comes into contact with 1,000 people, that’s 1 million people.
That means you’re just TWO people away from touching 1 billion people with your story.
Go write today’s chapter.