All of you reading these words have loved someone, have done someone a kindness, have healed a wound, have taken on a challenge, have created something beautiful, and have enjoyed breathing the air of existence. Every moment you make a difference. ~Random Acts of Kindness
You’re Already Making A Difference
One of the biggest misconceptions that people live in is that they don’t really impact the lives of others.
Volunteers who work with tough inner-city gang members can dispel the misconception in a few minutes through a powerful ritual called “strength bombardment”. Basically one gang member stands silently in the center of the gang, while the other members take turns telling him A) what they think his unique strengths are, and B) how he has impacted each of them in positive ways. It is not unusual to see even the toughest gang members break down and cry when they hear what their peers actually think of them.
It’s exciting and moving for all of us (not just gang members) to discover the power for good that we possess and have been exercising without even knowing it. You’ve touched people and known it. You’ve also touched people and may never know it.
So I’d like to ask you to answer a few questions…for real. Get out your journal or just a piece of paper and really put some thought to these questions. This will give you real insight into the difference you have made, are making, and WILL MAKE in the world.
In My Life So Far…
Someone I’ve already taught or mentored
Someone I’ve already supported or helped
Someone I’ve already encouraged or inspired
Someone I’ve already forgiven
Something in the community I’ve already changed for the better
Someone I WILL teach or mentor
Someone I WILL support or help
Someone I WILL encourage or inspire
Someone I WILL forgive
Something in my community I will change for the better
We’ve seen that we are already making a difference. Now let’s get back to work!