I watched some of the Children In Need programme on Friday. It’s almost compulsive as it gives such a sense of mass party and celebration of goodwill. I know much of it is about celebrity and glamour, but that aside, I find it really uplifting to see people make a difference. And the beauty of it is that even small people, perhaps insignificant in celebrity terms and in my case unglamorous, can make a difference too.
During the day there were teachers in pyjamas and fancy dress in the shops. There were snippets of overheard conversation about the concert in The Royal Albert Hall the night before, and I came across folks doing brave and idiotic things like men waxing delicate bits and long distance uni-cycling. All otherwise insignificant people yet they were making a difference just as well as the more famous. It’s all such a wonderful demonstration of how even very small actions can make a huge impact when we collate them into a bigger picture.
Often, in the course of our every day lives, we think we might make a gesture then in the end don’t bother. But the thing is, when we think good intentions, unless we bother to carry them out they are virtually worthless. It’s the effort of action that makes the difference. And it doesn’t have to be related to money.
Every day, in the course of our normal lives, even though we may not be a glamorous celebrity, we can make a significant difference by one small action; a smile at someone, a helping hand, a moment to listen, offering your ticket if you leave your parking spot early. And collectively these small actions will make a significant impact on making the world a better place, and making our day feel better too.
Unlike Children In Need it has nothing to do with raising millions, it is about raising goodwill. You don’t have to be rich or famous. But just like that campaign does, your small actions of goodwill can make a lovely difference to our everyday world.