“Each day when I awake I know I have one more day to make a difference in someone’s life”
Wanting one’s life to matter and make a positive difference (recognized and appreciated by others) is probably among most people’s deepest desires.
Rather than ask ourselves IF we are making a difference, I’d like to suggest we ask HOW we do – or can. The actual extent or significance of the difference is seldom up to us to determine. Not everything is obvious, immediate, or acknowledged.
Many times we are totally unaware of HOW MUCH (or even what kind of) impact and/or influence things we say or do really has on others – unless they tell us. What matters to others may be quite different than what we think, expect, or matters to us. It is also important to keep in mind things like “The Butterfly Effect” and the “One Hundredth Monkey”.
There is no insignificant contribution. What may seem quite small or trivial may actually be necessary and essential – with everything else bases on and depending upon it. I don’t think it’s possible to NOT make a difference (of some kind) – even when we do not intend to. Dropping a stone into water creates concentric rings. Moving through air or water generates a “wake”.
Precession (which is a term for the effect of one moving body on another occurring at right angles) may play a much bigger role in our lives and the difference we make in the world and other people’s lives than we may ever know. Moving in any given direction may actually have as much or more effect on where we are NOT heading than where we are. Much of life occurs tangential to and outside of our conscious focus, perception, and attention. Unlike our physical orbit, our sphere of influence also extends through time.
Our “legacy” may be far more impressive than we realize. Like footprints and fingerprints, we leave behind soul prints everywhere we go.
Thanks for waking up today. Your reading this made a (positive) difference to ME.
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