Choosing Cumulative Action

There are times when we may feel disconnected from the world. Our actions can seem like they are of no major consequence, and we may feel like we exist in our own vacuum. Yet, the truth is that our simplest thought or action – the decisions we make each day, and how we see and relate to the world – can be incredibly significant and have a profound impact on the lives of those around us, as well as the world at large. – Madisyn Taylor of DailyOM

I became aware of the cumulative power of small actions while attending a conference in San Francisco where I attended workshops, including one with  Julia “Butterfly” Hill.  My simplest ongoing concern is to buy my daily coffee using my own reusable mug.  If everyone does that, the number of cups (i.e. trees) saved is significant.  She was also ahead of her time.  Recently, cities have banned the use of plastic bags by businesses.  Most recently, Starbucks decided not to provide/use singe-use plastic straws.  (I wish they’d also recycle in their coffee shops too!)

As the population increases, the aggregation of small personal choices impacts the world in many ways.  When the size of the change needed becomes overwhelming, make the small changes and don’t give up.