There are some that are acknowledged for the differences they have made in the world; they win prizes, and trophies, and are written about in books, magazines, and newspapers. Then there are some that go about life never realizing they have made a difference. As you grow up, you wonder what you want to be in the world when you grow up and how you want to affect those around you; when you grow up, you realize that being able to make a difference in one person’s life is more than enough. You don’t need to be a famous prizewinner; you just need to be you.
Emily Dickinson’s poem, “If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking” allows me contemplate the importance of our humanity and the ability to influence others around us. We are able to make a difference, and it doesn’t take a grand gesture to do so, it just takes a little compassion. In Dickinson’s poem, the speaker states, “if I can stop one heart from breaking / I shall not live in vain; / if I can ease one life the aching / or cool one pain / or help one fainting robin / unto his nest again / I shall not live in vain.” While it is important for us to build a life for ourselves, it is also important for us to use our humanity in order to inspire someone else to do the same.
There are seven billion people in the world; if each person was able to perform one small gesture of kindness a day, then that’s 7,000,000,000 gestures of kindness each and every day. As the end of the fall semester nears, we’re all stressed out; we are tired and we cannot wait to get all of our final projects done so that we can finally relax. With that said, if you see your friends or peers are too overwhelmed, take five minutes and talk to them. You have the ability to help someone simply by listening, simply by letting them know that they are not alone. We all need a boost of encouragement every once in a while. We each contain the ability to make a difference in the world; it is up to you to decide what kind of change you will be putting forth each day. As Emily Dickinson’s poem “If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking” states, “if i can ease one life the aching…I shall not live in vain.” There are seven billion people in the world, and it only takes one to begin making a difference by simply by showing a little kindness.