Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book "Being Peace", says that the world is like a small boat lost at sea with several people in it. If everyone freaks out, fighting and losing their cool, the chances of everyone surviving are greatly decreased. But if even one person can remain calm and peaceful, he or she can have a positive influence on others, and help the group to survive. Hanh says that Buddhists are in a unique position to be like this one calm person. I saw the video below this morning, and it reminded me of the influence we have on others.