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Big things are made of small things


One of the lessons of social media is that big things are made of small things. This is really good news. It’s too easy to feel like we’re powerless to defeat the Goliaths of our time.

This week cancer––or its aftermath––took the life of Steve Jobs, whose creative vision was responsible for the MacBook Pro on which I’m writing this post.

It’s hard enough to know what to say about cancer. Knowing what any one of us can do about it is harder still.

That’s where the good news of “big things are made of small things” comes in.

Yesterday I read a blog post by Seth Godin about his friend and colleague Amit Gupta. Amit founded the photography site Photojojo, and the co-working movement Jelly.

Two weeks ago Amit was diagnosed with acute leukemia.  For several months, Amit will undergo chemo treatments, and then he will need a bone marrow transplant.

But here’s the thing: minorities are severely underrepresented in the bone marrow donor pool. For someone like Amit, of South Asian descent, the chances of finding a donor are one in 20,000.

That’s a big haystack, and there’s no way that I––or any one of us––can do anything about it by myself.

But I can do two small things. The first is this post, which I hope you’ll share. The second is that I signed up to be a bone marrow donor.

If you can, go and do likewise.


2 thoughts on “Big things are made of small things

  1. Well said, friend. Powerful example of using our voices, with whatever platforms we have, for better.

    I wrote about Nagoonberry over on Hooked today, passing the Liebster Blog Award torch onto you (and a few other Alaskan blogs). Hope that’s okay; you immediately came to mind as a site that makes my days more thoughtful.

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