Insignificant

Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it anyway. – Mahatma Gandhi

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I think we have a problem of motivation in our world today. All too often, I think the reason people do things is because of some inflated sense of self-importance, or mis-fed belief that they will become renowned for what they do. For many, their aspiration is to be famous, rather than contributing to the betterment of society by their simple daily acts.

I love the juxtaposition of ‘insignificant’ and ‘very important’ – they seem on the face of it contradictory. The simple fact of the matter is this – much of what we do will affect very few people, or indeed do little to improve the lives of others. I believe the key point here however is that everything we do, insignificant and small though our actions be, affects others, as our small actions are part of a much, much bigger whole.

Perhaps we ought to take pride in our small acts, instead of vainly hoping for an elusive prize of fame or fortune.

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