“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican cleric, anti-apartheid and human rights activist (1931-2021).
It’s a topsy-turvy world, confusing, unforgiving, harsh, bad world out there, or so it seems. So many bad things happen, even to good people. And sometimes, good things seem to happen to good people, as though they were being rewarded for their actions. It’s overwhelming, and as it overwhelms us we tend to shrink and shrivel and stop doing good things. After all, what’s the point? What difference can we make, when the whole world seems against us?
But we mustn’t shrink or shrivel or give up. Every good, every act of kindness, every encouraging thought and deed, every bit of good that we and everyone else who we can’t see doing good, put together can overwhelm the world. And, we would all agree, the world could do with being overwhelmed with good.
Just like a torch, which cannot pierce the darkness alone, when added to another and another and another, when you have thousands of torches together you can illuminate the darkest night.
Desmond Tutu was such a light. Anglican cleric, and anti-apartheid and human rights activist, he won the Nobel peace prize in 1984 for the little bit of good he did where he was, “for his role as a unifying leader figure in the non-violent campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa.” (The Nobel Peace Prize 1984. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Prize Outreach AB 2022. Tue. 4 Jan 2022.)
What can we do where we are? What little bit of good can we do? Let’s get together to overwhelm the world!
Coming soon – #WednesdayWisdom booklet, with a collection of quotes.