Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Try to make a difference.

That’s about it for today. Everything after that is just explanation and elaboration.


I just had a conversation with someone and I made a big impact on the way she thinks about her life.

Consider this: We can affect the world in two ways. With our hands and with our voice. With technology we can expand the power of our hands and our voice. With our hands we can wield a crane or a rocket launcher so we can lift massive weights or blow things and people up.

Compare that with the power of our voice. With our voice, enhanced by the power of technology, there is almost no limit to the difference we can make both in space and time.

Almost none of the physical things people made 2500 years ago have survived. What we do have are the writings of Sophocles and Plato and the remembered speeches of Jesus and the Buddha.

And let me make a pitch for listening. Listening can make a huge impact on someone’s life. It’s not as easily enhanced by technology so it’s been lagging in the attention we pay to it in our modern culture. That, perhaps, makes it more powerful because it’s more personal.

Take time today and make a difference in a conversation. Give someone some encouragement, support or affection. Call your Mom or thank your barista or tell a friend how much you appreciate them. It could change their day or, maybe, change their life.

Your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to:

  • Ask someone how they are and really listen to the response.
  • Give someone the honest compliment they deserve.

You rock.

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