It is hard, sometimes, to not realize that you are only a single voice in a large crowd and not many, if any, will ever hear you.
There are many other analogies for this:
One light in the sky.
One grain of sand on the beach.
One flower in the garden.
What you say or how you say it will not make it very far, in most cases. Your message gets lost before you can finish thinking about it.
Everyone wants to be heard / seen/ felt… sensed in some way. Some people shout, some talk softer, some band together under one cause and their voices become much louder.
However you do it you just want to reach people. If you goal is to reach 10 people and shouting works, great. If you want to reach 100 people and speaking quietly works, go for it. If you want to reach a country or make an impact on the world, joining a group is usually the way to go. It does not matter how you do it, you want to reach and connect with others.
I think the thing that depresses me the most, is that all the shouting, shining, and growing, will probably not make a difference in the world. Not even in your own garden, beach or sky. Everything will be the same as it ever was, had you not existed.
Everything we do is for naught but our own self-importance. Meaningless…
You talk to a friend (or a fan, or family, perhaps) and your view point changes. You realize that you made a difference to someone. That their life is less without you in it.
Even being able to effect one life is worth all the shouting, shining, and growing you can do.
Be the best light you can, shine your brightest. Be the best grain of sand, best flower, best voice you can be. Do what you can to make one life better.
One life that benefits from anything you do, is all one needs to keep going.
Proof that one voice, one light, one grain or one flower can improve the world.
Thank you friend.
And Happy Birthday J