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How Do You Make A Difference?
Making A Difference
by Caroline Gamboa Vestuto on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7:43am
We cannot change the past, but we can make a difference in someone else's life today, whether it's a brother/sister/mother/father/aunt/uncle/spouse/son or daughter or even a stranger. It doesn't have to be a big thing. Sometimes, the things that we ignore are the ones that make a big difference in someone else's life; it could be a listening ear to a friend, smiling to a stranger who is having a difficult time in their life, by being there for someone or by simply praying for them. So, how are you making a difference in someone else's life today?
Often times, we get hung up with our own daily agendas. Whether you're single or married, there are many priorities on your list, and sometimes, it can be very challenging to find time for our loved ones. It could be taking care of an ill relative, juggling between family and career life, being a homemaker, focusing on school and a full-time job at the same time. All of these are valid reasons, which can dampen our personal relationships.
Due to the demands of today's society, people get busier, and have very little time to spend with the people they care about, and yet, we all know that we need to cherish and nurture our replationships. Many people are unable to take vacations because of financial difficulties and/or sometimes, work demands do not allow them to. It would be nice to get away, but if this is not possible, we can start by having daily conversations with our loved ones, it could be during meal times or on a more personal level, and really getting to know them and caring about what goes on with their lives. Sometimes, the little things that we do for other people are the most meaningful ones, and not only they can strengthen our relationships, but can also make a difference in someone else's life. So, before retiring for the day, ask yourself, "How did I make a difference in someone else's life today?"