“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” The Dalai Lama

I'm going to be a mosquito…I know that's a super weird statment but bear with me…

Posted by Life Beyond Parenthood – Angela Kafadar Blog on Thursday, March 14, 2019

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
― The Dalai Lama

I read this quote the other day and it gave me a bit of hope.  Because lately, I’ve been feeling quite down on all the things I haven’t done.  Let’s take Roatan for example.  My goal going down there was to spend 2 to 3 days a week at the shelter, and for several reasons, that just didn’t happen.  When I finally was able to visit, it was the last 10 days of my trip, and my sister was coming in with her husband for a visit, so I just didn’t get to the shelter that week.

So, what does all this mean?  I felt like I didn’t do what I set out to do, that I didn’t do enough.  That I’m too small to make a difference.

Maya waiting for her furever family

Then I saw that quote by The Dalai Lama and I’m going to repeat it here:

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

It made me realize that ANYTHING I do, even if it’s just by making a small buzz, will add up to something. 

Overhang built using our donations!

Together, with the help of my friends and fellow dog lovers raised over $600, which helped build a shelter from the sun and rain for the dogs in Roatan. There are a handful of them who have committed to help EVERY SINGLE MONTH and over time, that will also add up.

I have been in communication with the other organization in Roatan to also see where I can help, and I’ve connected them with an organization who could bring a team of vets to run a spay and neuter clinic on the island. 

So, even though I mostly feel like I failed my mission, when I add up all the small things, they will make a difference.

The same idea of being to small to make a difference also comes up in my professional life, where I wonder what value I have to those around me – do I really make a difference?  Then a couple of weeks ago I was named the 2019 Mompreneur Award of Distinction winner – a National award that recognizes a service-based industry for exemplary success & leadership.  Me!  Over 1200 women nominated, 152 made the cut, 28 made it to be a finalist, and 5 individuals won an award for their category (there were 5 categories).  And I was so honoured, but I let my doubts about my worth shadow this amazing experience. 

This week, I’ve pledged to become a bigger mosquito, but in a good, non-blood sucking and less itchy kind of way.  I will help 2 dogs from Roatan Animal Shelter find homes here in Canada, I AM going to help bring a spay/neuter clinic to Roatan and I’m going to continue to work on my self-worth in my business and focus only on those positive influences.  This might mean saying “No” more often to things that don’t bring me closer to connecting with my highest self, but I think that’s an important skill to hone. (Okay, getting kind of woo-woo, so I’ll wrap it up).

Thank you for listening/watching/supporting, even if just by cheering me on!

Macario, the airport greeter (unoffical of course) after Olivia saved him from disease and starvation.