I came across a saying while doing some online reading and research. I can’t remember exactly where I read it, but I looked it up and it is a Japanese proverb that says, “Piled up specks become a mountain”. Meaning that many small efforts combined bring great success, or that little things add up to make something much bigger.
This was such an encouraging thought to me on my journey to being more green. Sometimes I feel like I am not doing enough and could never do enough to actually make a difference. But then I remember that it is the little changes that lead to big overall change, and that many of us making small changes together really can make a difference in our world.
I think sometimes it can be easy to think that what we do doesn’t really have an impact – either good or bad. We may think that the ways in which we are wasteful are not really that bad. Or the ways in which we are conserving and being wise with our resources doesn’t really help in a significant way.
I will admit that it is so easy for me to fall into this kind of thinking. But I truly believe that we can and do have an impact on our environment, our world, and other people through our actions.
I want to encourage myself and others to make small changes this year in our lives that will move us toward having made big changes by the end of the year. I’m going to post a new Change Challenge each month focusing on different areas that we can make changes together.
Some of these Change Challenges will be things that I am already doing and want to share with you in easy and practical ways to help you make the change. And some will be things that I am still working on and wanting to change for myself, in my own life and family, and will share with you as I learn. I’ll also be posting more encouraging quotes and thoughts along the way. This will be a journey of change that we will embark on together this year. I’m so excited about it, and hope you will join me on the journey!
Together we can pile up specks that will become a mountain of change for the better!