How many people does it take to make a difference? The answer: ONE. That’s it. It all starts with one. One person. One idea. One passion. One ripple effect. Just one.
So this past weekend I volunteered with the medical team for the Ride to Conquer Cancer – a two day bikeride from Vancouver to Seattle. In order to be able to ride, each rider needs to fundraise $2500. If you don’t reach your target, you unfortunately can’t ride. So that means that the thousands of people at the event EACH raised over $2500. Crazy. One guy even raised $127,000. Insane. All of the participants together raised a whopping 11.1 MILLION dollars for the BC Cancer Foundation. 11 MILLION! All of this is going to make a difference – a BIG difference – in the lives of cancer patients across BC.
This is the 3rd year running of this ride. A 30% increase of participants from last year. Where did it start? With one idea. One person who took on the big hairy and audacious goal of “Perhaps we can make a difference. Perhaps”. Did this person know that they would be the idea behind a weekend of 11 million dollars? Maybe. But it just goes to show that ONE IDEA is all it takes. I’m sure 11 million dollars seemed un-dreamable at first. But it happened. And only bigger things are to come. Guess who’s going to be fundraising for the ride next year? You bet – yours truly.
If ever you are thinking to yourself, “I can’t make a difference. Who am I?” STOP! And realize that YOU are the creator of your wildest dreams. You are your own magic wand. You are the idea that starts the life changing ripple effect. That’s right – YOU. Every person who ever came up with any big and crazy idea was that same “you”. That same everyday person. We are all of the same importance – so why would you think that you couldn’t do it? Of course you can! ONE IDEA plus a heart full of passion is all you need to get the ball rolling. Believe you can make a difference. And then start. Take the first small step. Things will start to come into your life to help spread the ripple effect. It only takes one!
Smile with your heart!
Happy Summer Solstice! The longest day of the year, AND a powerful day to set some intentions. Maybe take a moment tonight to become quiet. Sit and be grateful. Then set your intentions out to whomever/whatever you believe in. Then all you have to do is believe, follow your heart and watch it all unfold. :)