The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.-Jack Kemp
Boy, is it hard sometimes to step outside our comfort zones and do the right thing. Sometimes it seems like we’re stepping out into the middle of a crowd with no support, with no defense, and we risk making ourselves look ridiculous by demanding social change or in demanding improvement in our society. But one person can have power, as long as that person is following his or her conscience and doing things for reasons that are pure and true–in other words, not for personal gain, but because the person knows in his or her heart that what is being done is needed.
We may never see the results of our influence. We may never even believe that we’ve had any influence at all. But that’s not important–the important thing is in doing, in facing our fears and going out there and doing something that we feel will benefit others. For it’s not the senators or representatives or the other politicians or businessmen who have the greatest influence on our society–they simply keep things moving, hopefully in positive directions. But the greatest influence comes from those individuals who are following their hearts and spirits and trying to do what they know to be right.
I don’t always agree with people who are fighting for their idea of “right,” but I do admire them for their dedication and willingness to stand up for their convictions. And it’s that admiration, I think, that acts as motivation and inspiration for the rest of us to stand up for what we believe to be right. Our world needs leaders, and not just the elected or appointed kind. We all have the potential to lead others through the power of our convictions, and our dedication to what we believe to be right.
Questions to consider:
If you were an activist, what would your cause be?
Why is it so hard for most of us to stand up for what we think is right?
What kinds of people do you influence? Through which acts?
For further thought:
You don’t have to be a “person of influence” to be influential.
In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.-Scott Adams