A contribution is something you make, it’s your gift to the community.
When you walk to town instead of taking the bus, or when you take the bus instead of walk to town, that’s your contribution. In the first case, you contribute to a lower carbon footprint. Not by much, just a little bit lower. In the second case, you contribute to higher revenue for the bus company. Not by much, just a little bit higher.
I think most people would agree that there’s not much difference between the two choices. That you won’t magically reduce global warming or make the bus company rich. So does it matter what you choose? No, not really, not unless millions of others make the same choice every day. And that’s the crux of the matter.
You don’t know whether your decisions will matter as there’s no way to tell. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to worry about whether you will succeed or fail at the big picture, just focus on being a contributing.
Because when you contribute, you are already making a small difference, and these little differences, they add up. They can have a ripple effect in ways you don’t know or understand. Just by seeing your actions or choices, someone somewhere might be inspired to do the same, and so on. And who knows, your one little action might just be the tipping point. At the very least, you might have made someone’s day.
So stop worrying about the big picture, instead, focus on being a contribution.