You can make a difference, one person can change the world, blah blah, etc etc etc. You've heard it before. I had heard it lots before. The message happily floated through my brain and out my ears, making no notice of the fact that it should stay in my mind. It never clicked. Two days ago though, it clicked.
I was in a car driving to a piano lesson. The traffic slowed and we were no longer moving at a normal pace. Trapped between a couple cars with no way of getting out of the slog, we inched along at a snail's pace. We drove for about ten minutes, going no faster than 10 kph. As we came around a bend, we discovered the cause of the slow moving. It was a young man standing beside his truck. By the looks of the oil tank beside him, he had ran out of gas. There is the lesson, right there.
One person affected about fifty people, just like that.