If Not Now, When? If Not Me, Who?
Nobody knows who said this first, but in addition to allowing Kathy Sue to wear whatever she’d like to wear after the Zombie Apocalypse, it’s gotten a lot of good people to do a lot of good things, making it a good happiness tip. Here are two examples:
That’s Mikhail Gorbachev up above. He was the last President of the Soviet Union (1985 – 1991), now Russia. He began introducing reforms to improve the economy of and increase transparency in the government of the Soviet Union he said this to the people who told him that what he was doing was hard, and could threaten how long he might be President. He was later recognized for his efforts with a Nobel Peace Prize, and as we look back on what he did, we can see that he changed the trajectory of politics, not only in the Soviet Union, but for the planet as a whole.
Kathy Del Tonto’s work may not have such a widespread reach, but she’s making a big difference for kids in Colorado. She manages what they eat in 11 schools in the Montrose, Colorado School District. She’s part of the LiveWell Colorado program to serve made-from-scratch, healthy lunches in schools. At first she wasn’t too pleased with folks from the program coming in to tell her that what she’d been doing for years was wrong. But then, “When I sat there in that classroom and knew the obesity rate had increased 30%, when I saw photos of kids and knowing that that generation doesn’t have the life expectancy that their parents – as a mom, that’s a shock and awe moment. I remember thinking in my head, if it’s not me, who’s it gonna be that’s going to take that on? And if not now, when?” An example of her success “We were buying canned pinto beans. I went back the next year and we bought all local pinto beans, dried pinto beans. The savings was $19,000. And the crazy thing is, is the kids absolutely love the beans. They notice the flavor difference.”
Just a thought…but next time you’re worried that your outfit may be to flashy (even though you really want to wear it), or you’re thinking that it might be a little too hard to change the planet, or the lives of the people around you, try saying this. You know you want to do some of those “impossible” things, so “If not now, when?”