Inspiration: Share What You Do To Make a Difference

CANI

Active Member
#1
There are so many worthy causes for action. There are so many examples of the actions of one person -- one child -- taking an issue head on and making a huge difference or resolving the issue entirely. There are so many problems, which are in need of a creative solution, or have a solution and need championing and awareness building.

I'm starting this thread for people to share what they are currently doing to make a difference -- however, you define that. Or, if you did something in the past that you wanted to share, that would be great too.
 

pygmalion

Well-Known Member
#2
I can't tell you what I am currently doing because it will out me. So No. Tomorrow, when I have time, I will tell you about the proudest community/giving back day of my life. I'd do it tonight, but I'm tired, half toasted, and want to head down and get some sleep.

What I will say is that making a difference in other people's lives has saved my life more times than I can count.
 

samina

Well-Known Member
#3
i used to think that one had to "do" something to make a difference. now i see it differently...

since we are all connected... be it "energetic", be it "spiritual", be it "the One"... however one might frame it and whichever paradigm i use it always entails some kind of "network" of connectivity...

since we are all connected, the choices i make, the changes i make, in my own life, in how i see the world, how i see myself, how i see others... affects all. it is the same impact that some call the power of prayer but can go by so many names.

so when i heal and find my own freedom and peace, that is added to the global or cosmic dynamic. when i think of someone who is in pain or hatred or turmoil or illness and i hold the space for their wholeness, recognizing it to be true Now... that makes a difference. it might be felt by that individual right away, or it might not. but it is added to the cosmos, it is added to the fabric of our planet, to our collective consciousness, our collective life force. it becomes part of our evolution. i love that word... evolving personally contributes to collective evolution.

and that is why someone can be apparently solitary and still contribute to changing the world, through a genuinely peaceful mind and heart, through living their life from that place. think of all the people that would come in contact with such a person on a daily basis and be shifted, perhaps without even knowing why.

so for my part, i hold the space for people to *see*... to see more than they do today than they did yesterday, to see more clearly and more courageously. because seeing things differently makes an instantaneous difference.

just my thoughts on the subject...
 

fascination

Site Moderator
Staff member
#4
first and foremost, being present to others on a daily basis is, to me a huge thing for anyone to do

but beyond that, some important things that I have always been grateful to have had an opportunity to be a part of have been;

my work...as a grief counselor, pre-marital counselor ...and ability in those venues to lessen much pain

the deliberate and thoughful perenting of my children who were raised to have a vocation and a purpose ...frankly, in them, I can die content knowing that I gave the world something very wonderful

there are many other ways/things...but those are the big ways
 

fascination

Site Moderator
Staff member
#5
add;...for the purpose of OP...I think being a hospice volunteer prior to working for hospice, was one of the most needed and gratifying things Ihave ever done
 
#6
I don't know that this is a case of "I" made a difference as much as the experiences changed me.....

As a teenager, each year, I participated in a church supported party for special needs children; they were/are so sweet, loving, and totally honest. I hope some of that rubbed off on me.

As a college student I was afforded the opportunity to do some work in Appalachia (building repairs, day camps for kids, etc). These kind, hard working folks truly know gratitude.

All my life, my family has encouraged me to spend time with those older and younger than me. I've learned more than the best colleges can teach just visiting at the knee of senior citizens or "entertaining” children.

So, in summation, I feel that often times, when our goal is to "make a difference", and we put our heart/soul to the task, that ultimately, we are the ones are changed for the better
:)
 

chomsky

Well-Known Member
#7
I know that thanks to my teacher who's an inspiration I've inspired 11 people so far. Dancing has changed their life, just like it has changed mine. Who owes it to whom? I think it's magic!
 

wonderwoman

Well-Known Member
#8
i used to think that one had to "do" something to make a difference. now i see it differently...

since we are all connected... be it "energetic", be it "spiritual", be it "the One"... however one might frame it and whichever paradigm i use it always entails some kind of "network" of connectivity...

since we are all connected, the choices i make, the changes i make, in my own life, in how i see the world, how i see myself, how i see others... affects all. it is the same impact that some call the power of prayer but can go by so many names.

so when i heal and find my own freedom and peace, that is added to the global or cosmic dynamic. when i think of someone who is in pain or hatred or turmoil or illness and i hold the space for their wholeness, recognizing it to be true Now... that makes a difference. it might be felt by that individual right away, or it might not. but it is added to the cosmos, it is added to the fabric of our planet, to our collective consciousness, our collective life force. it becomes part of our evolution. i love that word... evolving personally contributes to collective evolution.

and that is why someone can be apparently solitary and still contribute to changing the world, through a genuinely peaceful mind and heart, through living their life from that place. think of all the people that would come in contact with such a person on a daily basis and be shifted, perhaps without even knowing why.

so for my part, i hold the space for people to *see*... to see more than they do today than they did yesterday, to see more clearly and more courageously. because seeing things differently makes an instantaneous difference.

just my thoughts on the subject...
This!
I've spent a lot of time stagnant and stubbornly refusing to change, and I think I've given off a lot of negative energy that's affected others. I'm happier and more well so I'm a more positive presence and able to give more. (Maybe people can't see this on here, but it's noticeable in my daily interactions offline)
 

pygmalion

Well-Known Member
#11
No idea what to say to this. I have been blessed in my lifetime to do teeny tiny things that apparently have made a huge difference in the lives a lot of people, if what I've been told is true. No desire to share that. Not safe here. What I will share is this.

I wish people in general knew how much impact they could have on their own world by making a phone call, writing a letter, doing something seemingly tiny every day, until something great happens.
 

wonderwoman

Well-Known Member
#13
I've been following this blog for a few years and this recent post reminded me of this thread: 140 Ways to Change the World

I'll share some of my favorites, some of which I'd never thought of on my own:

Give a compliment about a waiter, waitress, sales clerk, etc. to his or her manager. Or write a nice note to or about your waiter or waitress on the back of your bill.
Compliment a stranger’s appearance. Flatter them.


I like these. Someone in a service position does the same thing all day and rarely gets acknowledged or appreciated for it. If you ever sit in a coffee shop for a period of time, you'll notice how many people go in and out, and how sometimes nobody stops to make conversation or acknowledge the barista as someone rather than the person who makes their coffee. Ask that person how she's doing.

As for the complimenting someone's appearance thing, sometimes when it's random and unexpected it's really nice. Complimenting someone's hair or an article they're wearing works, and doesn't appear to be flirtatious. It can really brighten someone's day if they haven't felt very noticed.

Connect like minds. Introduce two friends or colleagues who you feel have something to gain from each other.

We spend a lot of time looking for like-minded people we can gain something from, but we rarely think in terms of who we already know, and linking them up for their benefit. I think it's a super cool thing to start doing.

Notice and appreciate the positive side of things and share this appreciation with others.
Inspire others online.


Forums are a good place, as is Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. It's nice to have online sources for positivity and inspiration, when you don't have so much in your offline life.

Repeat something nice you heard about someone else.
Remember people’s names and address them accordingly.


These two are such a self-esteem boost! Especially when you've grown accustomed to people getting your name wrong, and then someone remembers it after only meeting you once!

Boost the morale of someone close to you by telling them what you love about them.
Hug a friend. Let them know how important they are.


You never know how often/seldom they hear these things.

Treat every small interaction with another person as an opportunity to make a positive impact in both your lives.
Teach others how to make a difference by setting an example.


I linked these two together because I think by doing the first you're accomplishing the second.

Tell a good joke.
Show others the magic in ordinary moments.


I want to do these two much more often!

Park your car further from the store and walk the short extra distance. This frees up spots closer for people who may need them more than you, and gives you additional exercise.
Clean the house for someone you know who is too busy to keep on top of it.


I used to occasionally do it to give myself more exercise and actually never thought of it in terms of freeing up closer spots for those who may need them. The other is really nice, if you have a friend who is self-employed or just very busy with their life, especially if its something stressful.

Redirect gifts. Instead of having people give you birthday and holiday gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a good cause.

I'm not exactly flooded with gifts on those occasions but have thought for years if I ever get married I'd like to encourage people to give charitable donations instead of buying us crap. :)

Take the time to teach someone a skill you know.
Help someone get active. There’s a coworker or acquaintance in your life who wants to get healthy, but needs a helping hand. Offer to go walking or running together or join a gym together.


Like dancing! I have decided to take a break from an old hobby and have started to ask around for friends interested in jogging and trying tennis. I also came across tennisround.com where you can search for tennis players in your area. Its getting kinda late in the year though.. at any rate, there's lots of social networking sites for activities.

If you see a couple taking a self-pic, offer to take the picture for them.

I love that, makes me smile!

Stand up for your beliefs without flaunting them.

This not only makes me feel great, but I can inspire someone to do the same.

Sorry this was so long! lol
 

Sagitta

Well-Known Member
#15
I volunteer at the local public library. - And yesterday someone walking by thanked me for volunteering! The first time I got that from a stranger passing by. I felt good.

My participation in the local co-op. I am being part of something I believe in and that is positive. It supports the local economy, organic farming, green living....

Leading a casino de rueda dance group - sharing my love of dance through demos/lessons at events.

Teaching - dance and other skills

Asking people whom don't seem to be getting asked to dance.

As a Latin music DJ - exposing people to the breadth and depth of Latin music

Many small little things every day....
 

Spitfire

Well-Known Member
#16
I volunteer at the local public library. - And yesterday someone walking by thanked me for volunteering! The first time I got that from a stranger passing by. I felt good.

My participation in the local co-op. I am being part of something I believe in and that is positive. It supports the local economy, organic farming, green living....

Leading a casino de rueda dance group - sharing my love of dance through demos/lessons at events.

Teaching - dance and other skills

Asking people whom don't seem to be getting asked to dance.

As a Latin music DJ - exposing people to the breadth and depth of Latin music

Many small little things every day....
Sagitta, I put in an application as a volunteer for the library. I've always liked the library and am a frequent patron. Since I'm currently unemployed I want to look into volunteer work.
 

CANI

Active Member
#17
I volunteer at the local public library. - And yesterday someone walking by thanked me for volunteering! The first time I got that from a stranger passing by. I felt good.

My participation in the local co-op. I am being part of something I believe in and that is positive. It supports the local economy, organic farming, green living....

Leading a casino de rueda dance group - sharing my love of dance through demos/lessons at events.

Teaching - dance and other skills

Asking people whom don't seem to be getting asked to dance.

As a Latin music DJ - exposing people to the breadth and depth of Latin music

Many small little things every day....
Thank you for sharing, Sagitta -- I love it all, especially the asking people to dance and the many small little things every day -- wonderful!
 

CANI

Active Member
#18

Aura

Active Member
#20
I'm applying for a part-time position a faith center, which is an extension of my church. If I get the job, I'll be working with babies and very young toddlers. Without getting too philosophical, I'll just say this: there's a lot of hurting children out there and I've seen my share. I'm hoping I can make some sort of difference, even if it's just playing and loving on them.
 

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