Basically, if you want to change your work situation for the better, then change yourself, and begin now. Be that uplifting SPARK for others and make a positive difference in the world, one person at a time. Many of us have heard the Starfish fable, but it bears repeating. “It all started when a young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,
“Well, I made a difference for that one!”
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
The takeaway from this fable is not to wait for others to step-up, take initiative. Be “the power of one” in the workplace where a simple act can cause a smile and make someone’s day better, and can even change someone’s life, including your own. Start today, one uplifting gesture at a time and see your work environment transform into something special.