“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
26th President of the United States
Roosevelt was an exuberant man and an exuberant politician. He was an early leader and a champion of Progressive politics as a Republican, and he founded the Bull Moose Party to run (unsuccessfully) for president on a Progressive platform.
Teddy's exuberant epigram above just makes so much sense for just about every situation. It means:
Use the resources you have, don't dither and wish for resources you're unlikely to get.
Do it locally. Do it with people you know. Encourage friends and coworkers to join in.
And think for a minute about this complementary wisdom of Barnabas Suebu:
"Think big, start small, act now
—before everything becomes too late."
Roosevelt as Progressive....
The wisdom of Barnabas Suebu