Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead US anthropologist (1901 – 1978)
It’s been awhile since I’ve heard these words of encouragement. It was refreshing to hear Cyndy Nayer, President and CEO for the Center of Health Value Innovation share these assurances at the Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care meeting this past week.
When pondering change on a global level, I believe that many of us often find ourselves caught somewhere between how much influence we can have on a grand scale and what is completely beyond our scope of influence. It’s the completely beyond part that seems to paralyze us from the start.
We have not only lost faith in the system, but more importantly we have lost faith in each other. Without that faith it’s hard for many of us to find the courage necessary to take the first step forward. We assume that if we do, even those that believe as we do will keep quiet, stay at the back of the line, and keep their heads down.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that everyone is without this faith. There are several that still believe. They are scattered among us. I am one of the scattered. But I too often feel trapped in that “Can I really make a difference?” mental argument.
But I’m not a fan of paralysis. And, I’m definitely not a fan of doing nothing. One of my favorite bands, Rush, pointed this out in their powerful song, Free Will: “Even if you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.” I choose free will. Not how do I find, as Margaret Mead so eloquently stated, that “small group of thoughtful, committed citizens” that can indeed impact change for the better?
This is why I have taken the post as the Kansas Coordinator for the Patient Centered Medial Home Initiative. Not, because I’m excited about the acronyms, or the title, but because in this role, my goal is to find those committed individuals. I am hoping you as a reader of this blog are one of the committed.
Health care is a great example of an important dimension of all of our lives that feels so completely beyond our control. I’m not in this to be the hero or the savior of health care, I am in it to influence health care for the better and find others like me that want to do the same.
I’ll close with a short dialogue between Terry (Mark Wahlberg) and Allen (Will Ferrell) from The Other Guys:
Terry: …the city is dying for a hero.
Allen: What about 9 million socially conscious and unified citizens all just stepping up and doing their part?
What do you think?