I have a small story to tell you all.
Balu woke up lazily to get ready for the school. It is a rainy season and the sky is full of clouds, gloomy. Unwillingly, Balu got ready for the school. On his way to school, their bus was stuck in a traffic jam and it started to rain by then. He peeped through the window and saw that few branches of the trees were fallen obstructing the road and people instead of trying to remove them are taking wrong routes to move forward which created the traffic jam. Far away, he can hear a siren and when the vehicle approached, Balu realized that it was an ambulance with a patient in it.
Instead of being a spectator, despite warnings of the bus driver, Balu went on the road and with his little hands started to lift the heavy branches. People who were shouting till then were moved by the act of Balu and they came together and cleared the branches obstructing the road. One of them even volunteered to direct vehicles and give way to the ambulance. Balu got into the bus and went to school happily. Moral of the story ~ Even small changes can make big differences and the changes can be done irrespective of age, sex, caste, etc.
Making a difference
So, how do you make a difference?
Do you need to take some special measures to make a difference? Should one be qualified and skilled enough to do so? The answer is NO. Every one of us can make a difference in their way. Saalumarada Thimmakka, of State Karnataka, planted around 400 banyan trees along a 4 km road which leads to her village Kuduru. Her work is recognized by both the Government of Karnataka and the Government of India. Today, she stands as an icon and inspiration to the young generation as she created a green way that connects two villages. I need not tell you how trees are vital for the environment. Her work inspired many and created awareness about saving our environment. So, is Thimmakka well educated? Highly skilled? No. Yet, she brought such a huge change and gave food for thought to many. Similarly, Greta Thunberg, a school going kid made us all think how important it is to save our planet for future generations.
How much should be your contribution to bring the change?
One need not be concerned about the small or large contributions or how your contribution is going to affect the change. All that matters is effort, like our Balu, who with his tiny little hands tried to lift the huge branches. Similarly, to prevent air pollution, just take a walk to buy a milk packet instead of using a motor cycle, use metro or bus to commute short distances, etc, these actions benefit you as well as nature. Just switch off lights and fans when not in use, you save lots of energy, and thus you save the environment.
Am I enough to bring the change?
YES, you are. Remember, Akshay Kumar’s movie? A woman refused to go to her in-law’s house which doesn’t have a toilet. Her decision made people think led to a revolution in an entire village which later became open defecation free. So, when you stand up to do something good, others too will help you to bring the change. All you need to do is stand up for the cause.
"Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something"
Currently, I see many superheroes these days in India. Yes, you heard me right. The people who are staying at home, adhering to lock-down rules and helping the country to fight the worst ever pandemic our globe is facing, all are SUPERHEROES. So, you need not possess superpowers to become a superman. You just be you. Act accordingly to the situations. Do not harm anyone, including poor animals. I am also overwhelmed to know that the Himalayas are now visible from Punjab.
What nature really is and how we screwed it up.
This is Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal, visible after 30 yrs, from Jalandhar (Punjab) after pollution drops to its lowest level. This is approx. 200 km away straight. #Lockdown21 #MotherNature #Global healing. pic.twitter.com/cvZqbWd6MR
— Soul of a Warrior (@Deewalia) April 3, 2020
That itself shows us what kind of damage we have done to our very planet…. Our mother Earth. Let’s not forget it is our duty to protect the planet. Don’t think that you alone can’t bring the change. Have the mindset of our Balu and take a stand to bring about a change, be it anything. All the forces will join you. I hope you start thinking now!
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