The Power of We

What can “we” do? Plenty, if “we” set our collective minds to it. Today is Blog Action Day, and its theme is”The Power of We.” So what power do “we” have?

We could insist our politicians talk about the issues that affect our lives, the lives of people around the world, and our planet rather than throw lie-laced barbs at each other. We could insist they work together to find solutions to our problems. I know I personally rail against the waste of money for all those political ads. I am infuriated by politicians who care only about playing king of the mountain while the regular folks drown in the mess that surrounds the mountain.

I want to shake those who only care about their own well-being and think that ignoring the poor or the rest of the world will make them go away. I want to slap myself for finding it easier to simply enjoy life than to do the hard work of making a difference.

We can make a difference in the world. It won’t be easy. It takes hard work. It takes perseverance, and that’s probably the hardest one for me. I get excited about something, but then when I don’t see change soon enough, I give up. Or maybe I just decide that comfort is better than sacrifice.

But maybe that explains “the power of we.” As Ecclesiastes 4:9 and 10 says,

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

Maybe if I join together with others who are doing amazing work—people like Michelle Kime and Aiyana Ehrman of Imagine Goods—I would have others to encourage me when I am ready to quit. Maybe Blog Action Day is another group of “we” to encourage me—others care, others want to make a difference in the world.

Who is your “we”? And how are you exercising your power?

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