We. Two little letters that mean I am connected, you are connected. It’s the idea that 1 + 1 is definitely more than just 2. It’s the belief that together the changes we’re striving for can happen more swiftly. It means that each of us is part of something bigger. That one person doesn’t do it all. Can’t do it all. Shouldn’t do it all.
Social media has been one of the best things to happen to the ‘we’ idea. People with good idea can get funding to make their ideas a reality. Musicians and authors can bring their craft directly to their fans who then band together. Even fan communities have stepped up together and raised money for good causes.
But it’s not just the commercialized ‘we’. It’s the ‘we’ that says kids on a school bus aren’t going to get away with bullying a woman who’s just doing her job. It’s the ‘we’ that are there when a friend finds out she has cancer and shares it on her social networks and email. And it’s the ‘we’ that celebrate the many joys of life with each other.
Day in and day out we go about doing the routine and mundane – laundry, cleaning, cooking, work. And while each of us has different motivation, there is often that sense of pride in doing our best because we’re part of a larger collective. Every day women around the world do more for others than they do for themselves. Many men, too, are finding that they are also part of the collective ‘we’ that’s changing lives – even if those lives are just their own kids.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in a world that is constantly on. The 24/7 news-cycle, the never-off emails, the call-you anywhere smartphones all make us feel hyper-connected to a huge world. One that may blur over when we actually look out and try to focus.
The power of ‘we’ isn’t in that ‘constantly on’ experience. The power of ‘we’ exists because we step back and focus our gaze on one thing. Something meaningful to us, to our family, to our friends, or even total strangers. For some it’s donating money and allowing others to get their project off the ground. For others it’s using their talent, connections or other resources. For all of us being part of the WE is a sense of pride. Of knowing that one person can make a difference.
It’s takes all types of ME to make WE. You may just have to turn your thinking upside down.
This post is part of the Blog Action Day 2012 program which brings bloggers together to share a common message. Last year the message was about Food. The prior year was about Water. This year, the message is that every day people come together in groups of all sizes to make the world a better place.
What is your WE?