Life can be exhausting. Not necessarily physically from manual labour and muscle strain but mentally exhausting, and emotionally draining. So much so that people have nothing left to give. Nothing in reserve. Not for themselves. And certainly not for anyone else. They are empty, so they shut down, give in and give up.
What is causing the drain and, with it, increasing isolation, loneliness, depression and worse? Maybe it’s what, and how much people are consuming. People are overindulging, unaware of the serious impact on their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. But it‘s not what you think.
More than ever, people are being inundated with information, much of it in the form of negative news — real and fake — and most of it readily available on the screens of devices in-hand for excessive periods of time. According to the market-research group Nielsen, adults spend over eleven hours a day interacting with media.
Between family pictures, cat videos and food photos, amongst emails, texts and chats, screens are offering up, and people are scrolling past, liking and sharing the latest on climate change, growing political unrest, violence, racism and dis-crimination. Not to mention the impression left by public officials’ public displays of abuse, deceit, disdain and hatred on international, national and local platforms.
It’s no wonder people sleep less and wake tired. No wonder people choose not to make eye contact, exchange pleasantries, do niceties and be part of a bigger community. No wonder that some people no longer believe in the greater good.
So they stop trying, stop believing and even, gulp, stop hoping. Instead, they escape to the very thing that is contributing to the weight of the world on their shoulders.
Headphones and earbuds say, “Don't bother me.” Ignorance and inaction suggest, “It’s not my problem.” The insurmountable, seemingly unsolvable situations leave one wondering, “What difference can I really make?”
What is 'The Power Of 1'?
The Power Of 1 is about changing your world and, in the process and for the better, changing the world of those around you. It's about achievable amounts of change, beginning inside and building outward. Think of it as GIGO 2.0; Good In, Good Out.
From free to priceless, inside the book, 'The Power Of 1' are 101 ways that you can make a real difference in your life, and the lives of others.
Even a small act can have a big impact, in a day, in a life.