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How Do You Make A Difference?

Updated on March 20, 2011

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?"


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      CarolineVABC 6 years ago from Castaic

      Thank you very much, Jack, for commenting. I do apologize for the very late reply. I have not had the chance to visit my hubs for quite awhile now.

      You are absolutely right that it only takes one to make a difference; it doesn't even have to be a "big" thing. Sometimes, the little things that we do are the ones that have a great impact on other people. Thank you, once again, for dropping by and taking your time to comment on my hub. God bless!

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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      I love the picture,it is majestic.I only takes one to make a difference.

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      CarolineVABC 7 years ago from Castaic

      Hello Giselle!

      Thank you very much for visiting and commenting on my hub. Yes, you are absolutely right that "smiling" to other people can be therapeutic, even to ourselves. There's a saying, "Never stop smiling; you never know who's falling in love with your smile!"

      I work with preschoolers, and even when my day is not going great, I try to forget whatever problems I'm having, and focus on them. I smile and talk to the parents, which it eventually makes my day better. You are absolutely right that we should remember to smile more!:-) Have a wonderful and blessed day. I appreciate your kind words, Giselle! Hope to hear from you again!

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      Giselle Maine 7 years ago

      Hi CarolineVABC, thanks for your inspirational hub.

      Sometimes just a smile can make all the difference. One day I was feeling really stressed & tired and I was at the grocery store. As an experiment, I just smiled a big grin as I was shopping (even though I didn't really feel like smiling). You would not believe the difference it made! People smiled back, and then I felt happier and it definitely made my day a whole lot better. So sometimes if you just smile or look positive it can be infectuous and then you AND other people feel happy.

      Anyhow your hub reminded me of this past situation I had. Now if only I could remember to keep smiling more....!

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      CarolineVABC 7 years ago from Castaic

      Thank you very much for your kind words, Faye! You are quite welcome, and I appreciate you visiting my hub. Great to hear from you again! God bless!

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Caroline, for an awesome hub, these are things we all should think about. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed./ creativeone59

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      CarolineVABC 7 years ago from Castaic

      Hello NYbride710!

      That was such a kind gesture that you've done for your friend. We, as humans, need to listen to our inner voice a lot more because we never know who needs us. You are such a great friend, and I do agree with you that we just need to genuinely interested in others' lives!:-) Thank you for visiting my hub and sharing your wonderful and meaningful experience. Take care and hope to hear from you again. Keep being a great friend. God bless!

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      Lisa Kroulik 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I drive a friend to church and today I felt the urge to ask her out to lunch with us. I tried to ignore it, but it was persistent. This is a lady who would have spent the rest of the afternoon alone. She really enjoyed the company. I agree that it doesn't have to be big things we do for others. Just be considerate and inclusive when you can, and genuinely interested in others' lives.

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      CarolineVABC 7 years ago from Castaic

      Hello CARIBQUEEN!

      I definitely agree with you that sometimes, we just need to listen and not be judgmental about things. It, can, sometimes is difficult because we all have opinions about things, but if we try to open up our hearts and minds, and really see the other person's point of view, it can make a lot of difference to know that there is someone out there who is willing to listen. Thank you very much for visiting and commenting on my hub. Your wisdom is greatly appreciated. Hope to hear from you again. God bless!

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      CARIBQUEEN 7 years ago

      It is good that we are reminded of the value of family life. Sometimes we take each other for granted and do not really appreciate each other. It is nice to be there for a friend especially in need - there are times we need someone to just listen and not be judgmental.