Friday, May 5, 2017

Make a difference

The difference you make in someone else's life will always be smaller than the difference it will make in your own life.
How do you make a difference in someone's life? I believe we make a difference by the little things we do or say. The small touch, of encouragement, the smile at the end of the day, the look of admiration for a job well done. We remember the little things because they add up. 

Many years ago, I had my senior students reflect and consider their elementary years, and what made a difference to them during those years. The answers were not about big gestures, but about how an adult had reached out, cared for them in a time of stress, or laughed with them in a time of fun. Those little gestures were what was remembered.

Life is, for most of us a series of small events that we weave together to make a story that reflects who we are, or who we want to become. We, I am told see and retain everything in our heads, but we choose what we want to recall, and want we want to make important, and those important events are usually not the big events, but the small ones.

So by making small positive gestures, you can have an impact on another person. Try it, maybe next time you are walking, smile and say high or just nod. Little gestures can have big impacts. 

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