As a teacher I often forget that what I’m doing (and not doing) matters. This is also true in all my other roles: As a dad, a brother, a friend, a colleague, a customer, a client, a consumer, a producer, a guy who cuts grass and shovels snow.
Actually, I’m lucky to be a teacher. Every once in awhile, I get to hear that I’m having some sort of impact. Hopefully these impacts are positive.
Though it’s no less true for others, I don’t think most people get to experience this. And so, most people are completely oblivious when it comes to the impact they are having–myself included.
That’s why Jaqueline Novogratz’s story about her sweater caught my attention. It’s hard to realize the scope of consequence my individual actions (and inactions) are having. I guess maybe the thing to remember is that everything I (and you) do does matter. When you realize this, you can no longer say, “It doesn’t matter,” or “It didn’t mean anything.”
Because it does. Not being fully aware of your level of impact, doesn’t make you any less responsible.
How does it make you feel to realize that you are still responsible for things that you didn’t mean to happen?
You may not have 15 minutes to watch her entire talk. But do you have 2 minutes to listen to her opening? It will make you think.