CAN ONE PERSON MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Steve Mannix is a singer/songwriter and respected Karate Instructor. He shares his passion for this country through his original songs and stories.
Recently during one of my concerts which was held on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, I said to the people attending;
“Ladies and Gentlemen, with us in the audience this evening is a person who can reduce the cost of fuel right across this great nation of ours with the effect of just one stroke of their pen.”
The people in the audience looked around for a famous head in the crowd,
“That very same person Ladies and Gentlemen can also re-introduce into our schooling system for our children, the three basic Rs of reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic, and get rid of the things that parents all across Australia so passionately do not want their young and innocent children exposed to, again with the effect of just one stroke of their pen.”
I then sang another song as the people in the audience stirred with the anticipation of actually meeting somebody of worth, somebody of value, somebody of real importance.
They were all about to meet that one special person.
After the song I told the people gathered about a Scottish immigrant who was so overwhelmed and gob smacked by the beauty and the freedoms of this great country of ours that he, Peter Dodds McCormick, in 1878, wrote and composed the song we all know as Advance Australia Fair.’
That one man made such a difference, that his love of this great nation inspired another person, who was practicing law at the time as a barrister in Melbourne, Victoria.
That barrister, (Edmond Barton) when he was elected as Australia’s first ever Prime Minister was so inspired by the fact that Australia had its own song that he felt that Australia should have its own flag.
A contest was announced and 32,823 entries were submitted. Every single entry went through the old surface mail system in single envelopes.
Of those 32,823 entries, five of them were almost identical, and so Edmond Barton decided to split the first prize money of Two Hundred Pounds, evenly amongst the five winners.
One of those five winners was a thirteen year old school boy from Melbourne named Ivor Evans who was the son of a Welsh immigrant.
A Scottish immigrant made a difference, inspiring a barrister in Melbourne to create an opportunity for the son of a Welsh immigrant, to make a difference.
Each person reading this can make a difference, and this is how.
The next time you are at the polling booth and deciding upon who you are going to vote for to run this country, just think of this, you are the person with that pen in the hand.
To you, reading this, never think that you can’t make a difference, for that is a lie.
The truth is that you make a massive difference in so many lives around you each and every day. At home, at work, at the supermarket and on the sporting field.
You are a unique individual, there is only one of you on the planet and so don’t let anybody try to take away your self-worth.
Every Politician knows the most important person in the country is the voter, for the Politicians wouldn’t have a job if it were not for the voter.
The political process has always been and should always be; .. OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people, however for many years now it seems to be Of the people, By the people and For THEMSELVES as more self-serving politicians are refusing to listen to the people.
Next time you are at a polling booth, just about to cast your very valuable vote, regardless whether it’s for local Council, State Government, or Federal election.
I ask you to consider this, just think about the mess that this great nation of ours is in and has been put in by people who clearly care more about themselves than the people who elected them into office and ponder what future our children and their children will have if this current, two major party merry go round continues.
The future of this great nation is in your hands. So when you have that pen in your hand, be wise and help make this nation great once again.
One by one we can all make a positive difference.
The future is in your hands.