I seem to have lost the energy for daily posts again. I am petering out. Still struggling with the whole “Why bother?” dilemma. Why do I blog? Why do I rant; wax poetic/pathetic; ramble on in words and photos? What do I hope to achieve? What does anyone hope to achieve?
All of a sudden I am reminded.
I have said it before, and I will say it again. Humanity has great power for selfishness. Great power to look the other way. To simply not care. We have mastered the art of … “it’s someone else’s problem”. But in the dichotomy that is the essence of humanity, we also have great capacity for sharing. For community and helping others. For doing … well … what is right.
And that, plain and simply, is what blogging is all about. It took me finally reading an amazing post from one of my favorite bloggers to remind me of this.
The blogshphere allows community of strangers to come together and create something of beauty … without even necessarily actually meeting each other. And it does not stop there. For each word we write; each picture we share has the ability to be the pebble that starts the avalanche. Perhaps it is someone recognizing and inequity and simply doing something about it. Maybe it is a man reclaiming his life after a terrible injustice, and not only overcoming but inspiring many with humor and perseverance. Or it could simply be the chance to not only make a new friend, but promote a worthy cause.
The pebbles we toss may not even be by intent. We may simply be venting. Creating. Being silly. Whatever. The point is all it takes is for one person to read it and find some meaning in it, and the avalanche can start. Maybe a smile is generated when before there was only a frown. And that smile inspires new energy for a day, improving other people’s day in the process. A bubble of simple joy expanding exponentially.
I once wrote a silly piece about dog poop, and as a result was introduced to an issue that affects the whole world, yet because of its nature is pretty much not even a glimmer of a thought in most people’s minds.
The simple truth is it does not take a thousand readers for a blog post to make a difference. All it takes one. And the posts don’t even have to be great art. They just need to be there. Maybe I don’t change the world with my every word; maybe my photos don’t inspire awe to every viewer. But if one person sees and is moved, then it has been a worthwhile endeavor. If I never posted it, they would not have the chance to be moved by it.
I keep seeing this Margaret Mead quote popping up:
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Ok Universe. I hear you now.