Seeing Hammy on his little boat reminded me of a saying that has always inspired me. I’ve seen many version of this quote and its been attributed to many people, including the Dalai Lama. No matter who said it first and how, it’s just as inspirational.
“Many drops an ocean make”
As much as you might like to, you don’t have to change the world. You don’t have to fix the problem. All you have to do is something. Just a small change. Just be one voice. You are never alone, and with enough voices and people making small changes just like you, we can change the world together. And if not.. well… at least you made a ripple.
Have you seen Finding Nemo? I’m amazed at just how inspirational that movie is. Particularly this scene:
Nemo was just a drop in the ocean, just one fish. But when he rallied others to swim with her, she became an ocean. All the little fish together became as powerful as a shark.
I often find myself muttering a sing-song “Just keep swimming.. Just keep swimming…” That’s really all you need to do. Just make one small step at a time. Try and convince others to make one small step at a time too. Small actions can achieve great things.
There’s quite a lot out there saying that long-term change is best achieved through setting small goals, or through building small habits. Once that new habit becomes second nature, you can add one more little habit to it – it’s called habit stacking. And that’s how you get your ripple.
I’m on a mission to simplify my life and to save the environment (including living a zero-waste life). That’s a pretty big ocean. Here are some my drops; here’s how I keep swimming:
- Swap a disposable item for a reusable one, one thing at a time – buy a reusable bag, a reusable coffee cup, a reusable water bottle.
- Say no to buying that item you’re looking; you don’t need it.
- Choose one thing to declutter.
- Put away one thing where it belongs.
- Tidy/organise one space.
- Ask for one drink to be served without the straw
- Choose one item from your to do list and do it or ditch it.
- Fix one thing (and be glad you don’t have to buy a replacement)
- Remember your reusable bag on this shopping trip.
- Put the plastic-packaged item you’re holding back on the store shelf and reach for another product with cardboard/glass/recycled packaging instead.
- Learn to make one thing from scratch.
- Have one conversation about reducing waste
What are your drops in the ocean? Are you taking small steps towards anything big? Have you ever made a ripple? I’d love to hear your stories!