My idea seems simple but I think it could really send a positive message & motivate people to do more to help animals. So what do I want to do? Live my life. Go about my normal routine for a year with one twist – every single day I will be wearing a different shirt promoting animal rescue/welfare/whatever. I know this may sound silly but just think of how famous some people have become for taking one photo of themselves a day. There are sites and YouTube videos and the like of people who take one picture of themselves a day and thousands or even millions of people tune in at least once to watch the transformation. It’s fascinating and people seem to really go for it. So why not make it really count? I would want to wear a shirt every day that promoted a rescue, an organization, an event, anything that related to our cause to help animals worldwide.
The Starfish Effect
We have a philosophy here at I Love Rescue Animals and it’s called The Starfish Effect. One of my favorite stories of all time is that of a person walking along a beach after a big storm. As they walk they stop and pick up starfish that had been washed ashore and toss them back into the ocean. Another person comes along and says, “Why are you even bothering to do that? There’s so many that you’ll never make a difference.” The first person bends down, picks up another one, tosses it to safety and says simply, “It made a difference to that one.”
Together, one day at a time, we can make a difference. To me, what this story tells us so simply is to do what you can. No one can save the entire world. No one can save every homeless animal out there nor can they stop all the cruelty in the world. What we can do, however, is make small differences in the world. We can choose to adopt a pet rather than buy one. We can volunteer our time to help a shelter or animal welfare organization. We can donate what we can afford to charities that support causes we care about. We can teach the world’s children that animals need to be treated with respect. If we can’t afford anything else, we can still help spread the message and reach people who have the means but might not have even known there was a cause needing support. The important thing to remember here is that you should never feel like you can’t give enough therefore there’s no point in even trying. Anything that you give will make a difference and if everyone in the world would just do one tiny thing to help animals then the change would be tremendous! And the world may not ever be perfect, but the difference we make will be felt by each and every individual animal that we save. And isn’t that worth trying for?
The Starfish Effect: it’s a very powerful concept.
Help us make 365 Days of Animal Advocacy a success. One day at a time.