If You Can't Do a Lot, Do
When it comes to making a difference, many people
think they have to do a lot to make a difference. My experience
tells me that that isn't true. A little can mean a lot and make
a big difference even if it is just in the life of one person.
It is like my favorite story about the little boy throwing starfish
back into the ocean. He couldn't save all the starfish on the
beach but, as he threw one in, he knew he had made a difference
to that one.
I have a friend who is experiencing a health challenge.
There isn't a lot I can do to help her, but there is a little
something I can do. When I make dinners at night, I create a
dinner for my friend, put it in the freezer and once every couple
of weeks I go by and give her the meals. It isn't a big deal,
I am cooking dinner anyway, and saving out one portion is easy.
I know from experience that this makes a difference. When my
mom was so sick it meant a lot to her that her friends stopped
by with dinners and snacks for her. One friend stopped occasionally
with ice cream, fresh baked pretzels and other snacks my mom
loved. It made a big difference to my mom, and even to the rest
of her family, because we felt better knowing my mom had things
that were mostly nutritious to eat. The smallest efforts can
make the biggest difference in ways that you might not even
Another friend of mind was looking for a way to
make a difference in the life of an orphaned child. She didn't
want to adopt a child. Her hands were already full with six
of her own. So what she did was sponsor a child through an organization.
For a small sum of money each month, she was able to provide
food and an education for a child. On special occasions she
would send her "sponsored son" (as she called him)
gifts and letters. The child is now in his thirties and keeps
in touch with my friend. He often thanks her for helping him.
What my friend did was a small thing, but it made a big difference
in the life of at least that one child.
It might be impossible to help everyone in the
world, but you can help one person. Helping that one person
will make a big difference and create a ripple effect that will
go way beyond anything you can imagine. It might not seem like
a big deal but to the person you help, it might be life changing.
So don't hold back because you can't do a lot and you don't
think a little will make a difference. It will make a difference
to that person.
Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, PhD provides daily motivation,
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