Often you will hear people say that they are only one person and that they cannot change the way things are. However, I would like to help you understand how one person can make a difference in the world we live in today.
How Many People Do You Influence in a Day?
The first thing that you need to consider is just how many people that you actually influence every day. While most of us stick to our small corner of the world, when you look at all of the connections you will see that it isn’t so small after all.
So let’s say that on an average day you interact with 20 different people between family, friends, and getting through the day. This number is probably a bit small for most of us, but it is easy to work with. Now this is where the math comes in… If we all average 20 people a day, then each of the 20 people that you have interacted with will also have done the same and so forth. If we were start to multiply these numbers, it would get very high very quickly.
Next is all of the people that we pass by every day without a direct interaction, but even there we can still influence each other. Simple things such as a smile, nod or hello might be just what someone needed to lift their spirits a little. Perhaps you just help out a stranger briefly, whatever that may be. Not only are you a direct influence on that person, but anyone that witnessed is also influenced by the act as well.
As you can see in the above video, each interaction carries forth with it the positive vibration that helps to elevate our moods and put us in a better frame of mind. This also attract more opportunity for us to help each other and create a better world for us all. The following video is also another great example:
I think that these two videos really help to convey the message that I am working on getting across here. Hopefully you are starting to see how you can make a difference too.
Start with Yourself First
One important thing that a lot of people often overlook is themselves. It is very hard to always be doing things for others if you yourself are not centered and in an emotionally healthy state. By taking care of yourself first, you will become a stronger pillar for the world around you and be able to help more.
The first thing that you should focus on is making sure that you are in a positive state of mind. Meaning that you are living a life of gratitude and that you have a healthy dose of self-love or compassion for yourself. Once you find peace within yourself, it makes it 10 times easier to spread that to the world around you.
There are many tools available to help you find the right balance for yourself such as meditation and yoga just to name a couple. With these there are also many ways of learning them from working it out on your own, searching through YouTube or using a program like this one from selfhelptree.com.
Make a Difference in Your Community
An important note here is that while you are working on yourself, a part of that should be finding a way for you to give back to those around you. Building in that “pay it forward” mentality into the new and improved you as you go is certainly a very viable path and one that can help you to achieve your goals.
Building a strong local community around yourself is very important as that will allow you and your community to have a larger impact on the world. You see, it is much like the ripple effect in water where it starts with you in the center and ripples out through your community, then through your region, then through your country and on to the rest of the world.
Making an impact on your community can be as simple as being a positive example or as complex as being a major figure in a local charity, the choice is up to you. Maybe you really like sports, then you could help coach in a youth league. Find what resonates for you and make it happen.
National Make a Difference Day
The National Make a Difference Day was brought about in 1992 by USA Weekend which used to be the second largest national weekend newspaper magazine. It was an initiative that was backed by Gannett Company with collaboration from Points of Light and Newman’s Own. The day is celebrated on the 4th Saturday of October each year.
The day itself was designed to help communities come together through volunteering to help others. As a national day it is hoped that it will help unite us all in a cause to make a difference in the world and to make it a better place to live in.
If you want to find out more about the program and all of the different aspects of it, you can visit makeadifferenceday.com. Here you can find out what has been done in the past and things that are going on currently.
Many Little Pieces, One Large Puzzle
When it all boils down to it you just need to remember that it takes many little pieces to put together a large puzzle. Even one missing piece and the whole puzzle is flawed. This is why it is so important for all of us to strive to be the best positive example that we can be.
Whether this is to ensure that our own piece is accounted for or to help inspire the other pieces around us to do the same, it is of vital importance. By working together in a more harmonious fashion, doing the right things because they are the right things to do, we can certainly build a better world.
With each person that raises their vibration to a positive level we not only make the world better, but we make it easier for others to join suit and march along with us. Sometimes it can be hard to get started, especially if you are the first piece of the puzzle. Just hold faith though as it will all come together through your efforts.
How Have You Already Made a Difference?
Sometimes in order to get started down this path people need to see that it actually works. In light of this I would ask you to please share stories from your experience with us to help inspire others to action. Think of it as just another way yet to help make a positive difference in today’s world that so desperately needs it.
One way that I am working to make a difference is through this site. It originally started off as a concept for a book over 10 years ago. That project was derailed by a sudden change of employment and then reborn in 2015 in what you see here now.
Since I have started this site I have had a ton of conversations with many from around the world. Some here in the various comment sections and some that have reached out to me on a more private level. Every time I hear a story from someone on how I was able to help them I am humbled and thankful.
P.S. If you don’t have a story that you can share today, perhaps this is just a way of the Universe saying it is time to act!
If you enjoyed this article, here are some others that relate to the concepts within it:
- Why You Should be Grateful in Life
- Even Little Steps are Progress
- Enjoy Little Things Life Gives You, it is What Matters the Most
- Be The Change You Want To See In The World
- Everything Happens for a Reason
James W D