How To Start A Bandwagon


In a big, BIG, B-I-G's sometimes easy to wonder:

"Can my small voice make a difference?" 

As I sailed across the Atlantic back to the United States, six doors down from mine on the ship, a 5 or 6-year-old girl traveled with her parents. One morning near the beginning of the 13-night cruise, a picture she drew was taped outside their door. The picture made me smile, so I wanted to see if I could reciprocate the smile.

I pasted a note on the young artist's door next to her masterpiece:

"Thank you so much for sharing your awesome picture. 

I think you are a great artist."

Twenty-four hours later with my note still posted on their door, a second picture replaced the first. 


But then, something even more cool began to happen. Other small notes began appearing on the door. Except they weren't from me. 

Other people along the ship's hallway had caught on and started posting their own positive messages about how great her pictures were. Day-by-day, the mojo continued to build. New pictures replaced yesterday's pictures. And new notes with different handwriting started appearing all over the door. My initial note turned into three. Three turned into seven. Then a dozen. Then twenty. 

In a big, BIG, B-I-G world...our voices may sometimes seem small and inconsequential.  

But the truth is...our small voices have the power to be much BIGGER than we can even imagine. 

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