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Making a Difference

May 17, 2016

We know that phrase and we use that phrase.  We usually say it or ascribe it to someone who does or says something positive and we believe makes a Positive difference.  

The reality is, that in all that we say and do, all of us make a difference in other’s lives.  That means saying or doing something negative may/will also make a difference in someone’s life, albeit a negative one.  Understanding that should be a reminder that all that we say and do should be to make a positive difference.  It should be a reminder to carefully consider our words and actions.

“The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks.” –  Yiddish Proverb

“The tongue is secured behind the teeth and behind the lips, yet it does no end of damage. Imagine if it were outside!”  – Yalkut Shimoni

 “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” – Winston Churchill

The difference we make, can be or seem to be very small to you, but it may be very big to the other.

 “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

 “If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own . . . how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.” – William Allen White

So take the old “ten count” before speaking or acting, and during it ask yourself, “what is the goal of the words or action?”  Helpful or hurtful?  Loving or not so much?

“What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.” – Hillel

Making this difference elevates you and elevates the other, which eventually elevates us all.  Wouldn’t that be a nice difference?

Heart and Soul

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Helen permalink
    May 17, 2016 11:25 am

    So true but sometimes hard to follow

    • Fred Fox permalink
      May 18, 2016 7:04 am

      Yes. Everything good, valuable, and right comes under the heading of “easier said than done”

  2. Beni permalink
    May 17, 2016 8:34 am


  3. Steve h permalink
    May 17, 2016 7:34 am

    If only folks would remember this around politics!

    • Fred Fox permalink
      May 17, 2016 9:07 am

      I agree wholeheartedly. If we start by demanding more and better of ourselves we can then do the same of our leaders, or potential leaders. this is the opposite of the “fish stink from the head down”

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