Living Life: What Does it Actually Take to "Make a Difference?"

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What do you want out of life? What do you want your life to mean? What can you do to make a difference in the world?


These seem like questions we sometimes ask ourselves during moments of reflection.

A lot of the time, we can end up feeling stuck because life seems so BIG and we seem so SMALL and potentially powerless to make any significant difference.

I have previously written about how small things do make a difference. Often, our problems stem from the fact that we have fallen under the spell of what I like to call "The Cure For Cancer Syndrome." Meaning... that we fall into the trap that we must do something as significant as invent the cure for cancer, in order to make a difference in the world.


Of course, such thinking is nonsense; lots of very tiny things actually make a difference. Making a difference can be as seemingly insignificant as allowing our neighbor to use our lawn mower because he/she can't afford to buy a new one, at the moment. It can be as small as driving the elderly lady across the street to the shops once a week.

We just have to develop some realistic clarity concerning what "a difference" actually looks like.

When we get stuck on these enormous accomplishments we thing we need to undertake, who are we really trying to impress?

To be honest, I'd rather succeed at driving the lady to the shops, than fail ending world hunger!


I'm not suggesting that the world doesn't need wannabe heroes with grand ambitions... it makes the news, and we find ourselves inspired by their examples. But once the "rah-rah party" is over, the truth of the world is that there are literally thousands of little old ladies who could use a helping hand getting to the shops... things we can actually do and make a difference.

Like most people... whereas I recognize the need to end world hunger, I wouldn't have the first clue as to how to go about that.

So... what it "takes" to make a difference is doing something you can actually DO, rather than talking endlessly about grand plans that likely will not be accomplished in our lifetime.

Thanks for reading, and have a great remainder of your week!

How about YOU? What do you do to make a difference in the world? Does it feel like you DO make a difference? Do leave a comment — share your experiences — be part of the conversation!

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Created at 20211110 22:54 PDT

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I don't spend too much time thinking about what I could do to change things for the better. But I claim: I do it! I have been counselling prisoners for many years, through their trial preparation, their time in prison and at the end their release: we do not produce better people through our societal treatment of offenders, that much is certain for me. It doesn't take a lot of criminal energy to reoffend after returning to real life, if only the pressure of suffering is high enough. Since 2001, I have recruited my staff exclusively from this clientele - released prisoners, homeless people and psychiatric patients. Recidivism rate: one in 20 years. People need perspectives, regardless of previous life or circumstances. That is what I stand up for!

Ich verbringe nicht allzu viel Zeit damit, darüber nachzudenken, womit ich denn Dinge positiv verändern könnte. Aber ich behaupte: ich tue es! Ich betreue seit vielen Jahren Inhaftierte, durch ihre Prozeßvorbereitung, ihr Haftzeit und am Ende die Entlassung: wir erzeugen durch unseren gesellschaftlichen Umgang mit Straftätern keine besseren Menschen, so viel steht für mich fest. Es braucht keine große kriminelle Energie, um nach der Rückkehr ins echte Leben erneut straffällig zu werden, wenn denn der Leidensdruck nur hoch genug ist. Seit 2001 rekrutiere ich meine Mitarbeiter ausschließlich aus diesem Klientel - entlassene Strafgefangene, Obdachlose und Psychiatriepatienten. Rückfallquote: einer in 20 Jahren. Menschen brauchen Perspektiven, unabhängig vom Vorleben oder Lebensumständen. Dafür trete ich ein!

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