Making a difference is not about waiting for the right time, right project, right business, right career, right people or the right cause.
When people say to me they want to make a difference I know they mean they want to help change the world by the actions they take. They feel they have to do something of epic proportions.
Making a difference is not always about the biggest impact, it can also be the smallest impacts in a big way.
Making a difference is a way of living your entire life, I don’t believe a make a difference life is something that is switched on and off at a time that suits. It’s all the way or nothing. What do you think?
Every day difference. How?
- A warm smile to a stranger.
- Asking someone if they’re okay. Just kind words.
- Making someone a drink without asking if they need one.
- A touch on your partners hand when you have no need to do so.
- When you ask a question and stay around listening to the answer.
- For giving people the chance to speak their truth without any judgement on your part.
- Send a card. Drop a gift.
- The gifts of encouragement and saying ‘I believe in you’.
- A hug at the right moment.
- Saying ‘I hear you?’
- And on, and on, and on, the simplicity makes it different.
Sometimes I think making a difference is about knowing the norm and doing the exact opposite.
Making a difference is about being diverse in your actions. No two people are the same, you make a difference by recognizing this and acting accordingly.
The difference you make to a person at any given moment in time may be your only chance to give it, just at the point when they need it most.
I guarantee you it requires no major life overhaul. It’s a simple choice, with epic results. We don’t know when we are making a difference.
Take the words ‘making a difference’ and turn them into a daily gift. The best gifts have to be shared and passed along. This is something my husband and I have instilled in our daughter.
As the saying goes …
Jeannie is a graduate of St. Paul Collage of Visual Arts, accomplished mixed media artist and published jewelry designer. She is the originator of the Echo Creative Team and of the Do Over Challenge. When she is not creating art, she helps people live happy, healthy lives.
“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Remember what you do echoes in eternity.”