Written by Jason Keeling on June 20, 2014
Most everyone wants to see improvements: better communities, education, jobs, etc. But who is responsible for moving the needle in a positive direction?
It’s easy to wait for others to take on the tasks at hand. They need to do this, they need to do that.
“If not you, then who? If not now, then when?” This quote from a 1st century rabbi challenges us to think more deeply about how change begins.
Does this mean we are each responsible for starting a revolution? Maybe not. But the words do call upon us to observe immediate needs and answer the call.
Many people do this on a daily basis. Some get paid, others volunteer, but regardless, a sense of duty creates forward movement.
Look around, businesses are succeeding, community initiatives and employees are working, teachers are educating, activists are gathering. Throughout cities, towns and countrysides, people are helping in some way. You are helping in some fashion.
What else needs to be done? When considering answers the realization might occur that you can aid progress. So take on that task. Become informed about that issue. Join that group. Vote for that candidate. Write that letter to your elected representative. Or just help your neighbor.
These are the components that make a better state, and on this West Virginia Day, here’s to you. Regardless of how big or small the next effort, thanks for doing something.