The Entire Ocean in a Drop

by | Apr 15, 2021 | ShiftHappens

One person can’t make a difference. – 7.8 billion people

At The Pollination Project, we often say that the greatest untapped resource for social change is the potential for goodness within each human heart. I’ve lived long enough to know that one person can not only make a difference, but shift the entire course of history. 

One vote, when added with the collective democratic voice of others, can topple the oppressive regime of an entire country. 

The preciousness of one life, like those of George Floyd or Daunte Wright, can mobilize thousands to work for justice.

One person’s story of sexual assault can give permission for others to say “me too,” sparking a global movement for equality.

Even relatively small-scale actions have impact, and ripple effects that normalize and uplift compassion consciousness. The greatest lie we can tell ourselves is that we are too insignificant to make a difference. 

In the words of Rumi, “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”