Overcoming Doubt and Making a Difference

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Have you ever found yourself doubting your abilities or questioning whether your efforts can truly make a difference? It's a common struggle that many of us face, especially when we're embarking on a new journey or pursuing a challenging goal. But amidst those moments of uncertainty, there lies a powerful choice:

To believe that we CAN'T or to believe that we CAN.

Here is a story I want to share,

One day, a young boy approached the village wise man, with a look of uncertainty on his face.

“Sir,” the boy said, “I want to make a difference in the world, but I don’t know where to start. The problems seem too big, and I feel too small to make any real impact.”

The old man listened thoughtfully before responding with a gentle smile. “My child,” he said, “let me tell you a story. There was once a tiny sparrow who lived in a vast forest. One day, a great fire swept through the forest, threatening to destroy everything in its path. All the animals fled in fear, except for the sparrow.”

“Surely, the sparrow must have felt overwhelmed by the enormity of the task,” the boy interjected.

“Indeed,” the old man replied, “but instead of giving in to fear, the sparrow took action. It flew to the nearest stream, dipped its tiny beak in the water, and carried a single drop back to the forest. Back and forth it flew, tirelessly carrying drop after drop of water to douse the flames.”

“But how could such a small creature hope to extinguish such a massive fire?” the boy asked.

“Ah, that is where the true power lies,” the old man said with a twinkle in his eye. “You see, while the sparrow’s efforts may have seemed insignificant on their own, together with the drops brought by other creatures who joined in the effort, they eventually succeeded in quenching the flames and saving the forest.”

The boy pondered the old man’s words for a moment before a smile spread across his face. “I understand now,” he said. “Even the smallest actions can have a big impact when we work together.”

“Exactly,” the old man said, nodding in agreement. “Remember, my child, it’s not the size of the action that matters, but the intention behind it. Believe in yourself and your ability to make a difference, and you will inspire others to do the same.”

With renewed confidence, the boy left the wise old man’s side, ready to embark on his journey of making a difference in the world.

As I reflect on my own journey with Freedom Tree, I recall the countless times when doubt and fear threatened to hold me back. Starting this organization was no small feat, and there were times when I questioned whether I had what it takes to make a meaningful impact. But through perseverance and determination, I discovered that the power to effect change lies within each of us.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges we face, whether it's addressing global issues like maternal mortality or making a difference in our own communities. But what if we shifted our perspective and saw these challenges as opportunities for growth and transformation?

Instead of allowing doubt to paralyze us, we can choose to embrace it as a catalyst for action. We can recognize that every small step we take, no matter how insignificant it may seem, has the potential to create ripple effects of positive change. Whether it's volunteering our time, raising awareness, or advocating for those in need, each of us has the power to make a difference in the world.

And so, let us remember the lesson of the sparrow and embrace the power of our own potential. No matter how small we may feel, together, we can create waves of change that will ripple through the world.

Thank you for being a part of this journey with me.The world is waiting for the unique gifts and contributions that only you can offer.

With gratitude,


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