We all want to make a difference; to “put a dent in the universe”, however small. Some days we manage it and we feel good about having a sense of purpose beyond survival, beyond just making a living. Other days it can feel as if someone is following along behind is filling in those small dents and sanding them over.
Why bother? Why not reduce our aspirations, do no more than is expected of us, avoid rocking the boat and enjoy an easy life?
Because there is no such thing. There is no such thing as stasis. If we are not nudging forwards we are going backwards. The world keeps moving relative to us and time and progress wait for no man.
Sometimes what appears the safest thing is the riskiest. Getting a good steady job used to feel safe. Nowadays those jobs can disappear with frightening speed. The longer we’ve been “safe” the more devastating this can feel.
Keeping your head down used to feel safe. Nowadays if your’e not seen to be adding value, seen to know what you know and be willing to share that, then what’s the point in keeping you?
Making small dents, sharing our knowledge, making a difference, is part of what we are. Forgetting this is one of life’s great sadnesses. Whether we are recognised or rewarded is not the point. We are not doing it for others, we are doing it for ourselves.
That’s the point.