“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” — Mahatma Gandhi
I love words.
I love them because they never mean the same thing twice. I’d heard this quote dozens of time before the moment it popped into my head recently. But in that moment, realized I’d always read it like this:
“You are insignificant, but keeping yourself busy is important.”
I am not insignificant. You are not insignificant. We are not insignificant. Nobody is insignificant.
Today, I am writing this post.
In the long run, it probably won’t matter. There are millions of people who will never see this.
After I press publish, I’m going to do some work for my other job. Like, 7 more hours of it.
In the long run, that probably won’t matter either.
But I matter. And you do too.
That distinction makes all the difference.
It’s easy to forget you matter — especially when nobody cares what you are doing (which happens a lot).
More on that here: