Starting Small

I read a Latin proverb once:

Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe.

Which translates to “If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.” I’ve always liked the saying, and I always knew that it had something to do with not giving up, but I never really appreciated the full meaning of the phrase until this last semester.

I’ve had a lot of stressful situations to deal with this semester and with the weight of my college education on my shoulders, I fought as hard as I could to keep myself up. When all of that started failing, I panicked and wasn’t sure what to do. Once I started thinking about things in a different way I was able to approach the problem from a different perspective and solve it.

When I start thinking about how to save the world, I start thinking of what kind of big impact I can make as a person to help save the world. I think of making a huge corporation and saving all of the starving children but when it comes down to it, that’s going to take a lot of work. To have such a huge business would be to condone corporate businesses and, as a result, encourage the manufacturing industry to continue distributing product.

In reference to the Latin proverb, when one method will not work, you can’t give up. You have to find another way to fix the problem and get to the goal. We have to start individually and make changes in our lives and our community before we can try to change the world.

Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.

-John Wooden

One thought on “Starting Small

  1. Wow. I really love this post. That's a great expression. The idea of starting small is awesome. Too many people give up because they don't appreciate the little contributions they can make


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