The current COVID-19 pandemic has crystallized the message of “The Power of One”. I am awestruck that the world focus is the result of one action by one person. The globalization of the world has created the condition for widespread permeation from a single source.
This current power of one has been tragic with insurmountable loss and anguish. Profound grief that I have never experienced before. It is unlike past tragedies such as 9/11 and others in that they were single events with response, recovery, and a grieving process. This pandemic has been ongoing and fluid. We hope for an end, but we are dependent upon each individual for the cure. As Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated, “the virus isn’t moving, people are moving the virus”. The power of one is perpetuating our condition.
While the power of one has caused pain, the power of one can also cause promise. With the power of one we may achieve greatness and good. If people can “move a virus” they can also “move a kindness”. Think of those great heroes of the world who have made a difference. I think of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, and so many others.
One does not have to have the intention to make positive change on the entire world. Start with the power of one. It is a blessing to have lived a life that made an impact on even one individual in the world. I have been blessed by being the benefactor of much kindness in my life by mentors, role models, and influencers. Be that one person who “moves a kindness” and makes a difference.
Who has shown you kindness in the world? Who has been your “power of one” in your life and your community? Let them know and honor them by being a power of one.
God bless you and stay healthy and safe!