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A Positive Difference


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“To have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of each person with whom I interact.”

I stumbled across an old resume the other day and had to smile at this line typed beneath my “career objective.” Fortunately, I’m gainfully employed, but the words made me think.

How does one better the world? Chipper greetings? Common courtesies? Respect for all? Being a stalwart friend, coach, teacher, sibling, parent, mentor…? Donating to as many charities as financially feasible? Volunteering even when time is sparse? All of the above??

Sometimes, how to contribute to the greater good overwhelms. Small gestures are surely cumulative, but it’s easy to become daunted by the big picture when you’re standing in the middle.

I’m blessed beyond measure, yet I still struggle to realize my true potential. Why do I wallow in the quagmire of chasing status and stuff when I know both leave me unfulfilled? Because believing I possess anything worthy of making a viable difference is so difficult.

When seeking our best selves, Abraham Maslow boldly proclaimed: “What a man can be, he must be!”

Writing has been my lifelong passion, as humbling as it is energizing. What comes out as chattering jumble in person, benefits from the trusty delete button. On good days, I can hardly keep pace, pecking frantically at my keyboard. On others, my words are halted and crudely phrased. But I persevere because this is the “be” that I must.

I dream of touching hearts and inspiring minds, of evoking deep thought and gratitude. And I will never give up on my quest to generate a positive spark in this magical life experience.

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25 thoughts on “A Positive Difference

  1. I just started reading your blog yesterday. I love it. Your so elequent with your words. Thoroughly enjoy your ideas and where you direct them. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for making my day, Liz! I so appreciate your kind words!! xo

  3. You are ” being” wonderful and clearly living your passion. Your words do touch and inspire. Thank you. I hope mine do the same. I love how you described the days that don’t flow, but you keep on because you must.

  4. Dom Weeks Photography on said:

    love your photo, reminds me of St Michael’s Mount cornwall! 🙂

  5. Thank you! Ah, yes, I just looked that up — beautiful… This was taken on our visit to Normandy in 2002. Incredible! xo

  6. This is beautiful, truly inspiring! I hope everyone finds their “be” that they must. I have found mine in writing, like you. Keep posting, you do touch hearts!
    Also, thanks for taking time to follow my blog.

  7. Yes you have! I am so enjoying your blog. Thank you for your kindness and taking your precious time to comment!! xo

  8. “What a man can be, he must be!”

    I am blessed beyond measure, yet I still struggle to realize my true potential. So easy to get caught in a quagmire, clamoring after stuff and status that leaves one empty and unfulfilled. Besides, what do I have to offer that will make any difference??
    Such tennis match inside ot mind always takes place.

    Lovely post. I like it. You can find this interesting too…

  9. Thanks! I read yours as well. Excellent!! xo

  10. Fredrik Kayser on said:

    The greatest of people all have one thing in common, they’re dreamers, dreamers like you and I. I often spend hours thinking, searching for something that I can contribute with toward changes for the better. Frustration usually follows when I feel like I’ve come up with nothing.

    However, every once in a while I find something. I find it in others, passionate souls like yourself. It often starts with reaching out and that’s all the reminder I need.

    Loved this post.

  11. From one artist to another, may your life be filled with beautiful hours of searching, discovering, and truly living…

  12. “I dream of touching hearts and inspiring minds, evoking deep thought and gratitude for the simplest things.” – Then you have already accomplished your dream because that is what you do in the Now. And as for the days when the words are crudely phrased, some days that’s all that’s needed. Thank you for being Open. Peace.

  13. Speechless you have left me…I hope to remember your words/kindness when days are long and words scarce. Thank you for giving my work meaning!! xo

  14. Beautifully expressed! You have a great heart!

  15. Thank you for your kindness! I look forward to exploring your lovely blog…

  16. Career objectives = to go where no man has gone before and be as cool as I can when I get there!

  17. Wonderful post! I saw so many of my own feelings in this. And I write a lot, including fiction, so we have a lot in common.

    Thank you for your visit to my blog, as well!

    It’s funny: I too, tell myself that I must just BE what I am! An artist who looks for beauty as if it’s the Holy Grail… It’s okay, I tell myself, to have my passion be a ceaseless search for beauty in this often ugly world.

    Going to find you now on FB and TW!

    • Thank you so very much, dear Lynda! Well, let me just say what a privilege it is to have found YOU! Indeed, we have much in common…but I’d like to clone your beautiful passion/attitude. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the negativity of “the world” as presented by the media outlets. I, like you, CHOOSE to find the beauty and magic in the ordinary and to spy an everyday hero in the common man…

      I cannot wait to read more of your writing! xo

      • Likewise for me!

        I used to blog a lot at my “Peripheral Vision” blog, but I’ve been busy with my art. Hoping now to rejoin the blogosphere with “Mindsights,” and to post to Peripheral Vision, as well! (

  18. Hi Luggage Lady. Thank you for liking my poem ‘Often Unseen’.Good Luck on your travels. A Very Happy Christmas and New year. The Foureyed Poet.

  19. optimisticgladness on said:


  20. So inspiring and refreshing! Thank you. I’m right there with you on the importance of living and sharing your passion. It reminds me of Marianne Williamson’s wisdom, “….And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same….” Rock on. xo

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