The Influence of An Individual
Have you noticed that we often undermine our powers as individuals and the influence we can make through personal effort?
The ripple effect of the action of just one person can not be overemphasised.
The following story would make it clearer…..
About eleven months ago, I relocated to a new place, and as such started a new branch of the same church I had attended since childhood. In this particular branch, there is a widow and her beautiful children. Their father died four months before I joined the branch. I noticed that one elderly man in the church, whose health challenges makes him very irregular to church services, always give this boy money each time he was around.
It was his action that made me find out to know who the boy was and what was his relationship with the boy. He would stylishly give the boy the money so that other children would not notice. But somehow, my prying eyes seem to always be on him. I guess he might even be thinking I am stalking him.🤪
Last Sunday, this elderly man was in church and he did the same thing. Then it crossed my mind that the perception of this boy about the church would be different from that of his sisters, and other people, that are fond of saying ‘church nor dey help’, ‘dem nor dey show love for the church’, etc. The boy might not know that it is only this elderly man that cares about him, he would likely see it as the common attribute of the ‘church’.
The point here is this, the action of just one person can change your perception about a whole family, a whole community, a whole ethnic group, and even a whole nation. What does that tell us? It means we have powers as individuals to change the narratives.
When my father-in-law visited me last year, he was so pleased with the way the people in the community greeted him. He had always had the notion that the southwestern part of the country was the best when it comes to greeting and showing respect socially. But during that visit, he had a rethink.
Now, the few adults and children that met him in his short stay were not up to one-hundredth of the population of that community, but he has already reached a conclusion based on the individual actions of those persons.
Today, we as a people are being stereotyped with negative colouration due to the misdemeanour of a few individuals.
The good ones among us can change that, and create a positive stereotype, by doing the right thing.
We must learn to share and publicise the good deeds of individuals worthy of emulation.
Nominate them for awards, encourage them morally, emotionally, and financially, to ensure they continue on that good path.
Support what is good in whatever way you can! We should stop giving evil report free publicity!
We must not undermine our strength in changing the narrative.
Brighten the little corner where you are, and you will see how bright the world would be when we all #light_up our spheres of influence!
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IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.