MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Together we can climb mountains, swim oceans, and build bridges. Together we can make a difference just by the way we live and the example we set for other people to see. Living by principles and convictions we make the world a better place.

Yesterday I began a new leg in my journey because I was willing to see the possibilities in life. I know I made the right choice because I’m standing in the gap, the way my father taught me so many years ago. This part of my journey is filled with exciting ways of helping people grow beyond what they thought was possible. This part helps people to realize their own dreams.

Help

All of us have the need to reach out to others to help, but many people shrink back and never reach out. We can’t make a difference if we’re shrinking back from life. We can’t move forward if we never change our circumstances. We can’t turn over a new leaf if we’re constantly complaining and blaming other people.

Make a difference in your life. Take responsibility for it.

Make a difference in someone else’s life. Step into the realm of possibilities.

One of the best ways to cultivate a possibility mind-set is to prompt yourself to dream on size bigger than you normally do.  ~John C. Maxwell

Collectively we all make a difference!

I CHANGED MY MIND

It’s been a while since my last blog post, partly because I’ve been busy and totally unfocused in what to do next in my life, and partly because I just thought does what I write about really make an impact in people’s lives. What’s really funny here is that by me writing posts every day it was making an impact in my own life, and when I stopped my progress stopped too. When I write I’m better able to deal with what’s going on in my life. So I changed my mind again and have decided to get back to what really makes me happy, writing.

Creative Beings

Not only does writing make me happy but it also helps me see the other areas in my life that need a little more pruning and attention. I love writing and always have. We are creative beings; when we aren’t using our own creative talent every day we cease to be who we were meant to be. I truly believe this because when I’m using my creative talents, whether it’s cooking a nice meal, creating art from garbage, or putting words together on a page my life is richer and better.

Part of changing my mind is choosing to make a difference. I get up each morning with purpose to make a difference and while I’m making a difference in other people’s lives I’m also making a difference in my own life. It’s a known fact that when you wake up with purpose you are more likely to spring out of bed and get a start on the day. If you have no purpose in your life, then you have no reasons for doing what you do. You begin to ask yourself “Why even get out of bed?” “Who cares what happens?” These questions are self-defeating, but when you have a purpose to make a difference you have reasons. If you can stop yourself from thinking this way, your life can be what you want it to be.

Another part of changing my mind is choosing what I think about. I am no longer thinking about all the negative things in life. Negativity is the way of this world but to rise above the world we need to think on a higher plane. That higher plane is to take all those negative thoughts, words, and actions and toss them in the trash, where they belong. Once you throw them out, take the trash out. You wouldn’t dig through trash unless you were looking for something valuable. Negativity is not valuable. If you’re in a place where you are surrounded with negative people, get away from them, or limit your contact with them. If your spouse is negative all the time, work on yourself. Always answer a negative comment with a positive one. Sometimes a positive one is none at all. Don’t use curse words, or name calling, blaming. Don’t pick fights just to get a rise out of people.

Several months ago on Facebook, a couple of people in my extended family decided to unfriend and block me because of my positivity. They publicly posted on their pages that they would not be friends with people who are positive and post photos about happiness, courage, and uplifting quotes. We live in a negative world and many times these negative people are in our own families. One thing to understand here is that if people are unfriendly in real time, they are more than likely to be unfriendly in any social arena. So while these people were trying to hurt me, they just showed their true colors.

I’ve changed my mind many times throughout my life, and I’ll probably do it many more times before I take my last breath. But isn’t life all about change?

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

How often have we been told in order to change our own life and our own outlook on life we need to make a difference in someone else’s life. I think we need to make a difference in our own lives first. Lately I’ve been thinking about how it is easier for me to make a difference in other people’s lives than it is for me to make a difference in my own life. How many of you experience this same thing? When we make a difference in our own life, our life becomes what we want it to be, and we are better able to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Make a difference

In order for me to make a difference in my own life I needed to change my mindset about what makes me happy, how I need to really be sick and tired of how my life is, how I need to be totally uncomfortable about sitting on the edge of my life instead of participating in my life. These are just some of the things I’ve been thinking about lately, and how I need to make a difference in my own life.

Ways that have been helping me make a difference in my own life.

  • I made a date with myself everyday to read or listen to an inspirational message. I have many favorites but here are two of my favorites: I read my bible every day, and I listen to Chip Ingram at least twice a week (http://livingontheedge.org/broadcasts)
  • Sometimes when I’m reading or listening to these messages I sit on my exercise cycle or go for a walk. I’ve noticed for myself that when my body is moving I absorb the information better than if I just sit and read or listen. 
  • Make it a point to do something encouraging in your own life. Put up inspirational quotations around your home. I tape some to my bathroom mirror, my refrigerator, the mirror in my kitchen (yes I have a mirror next to my refrigerator) If you don’t want to tape paper up around your house, put them into frames like this one: 
One of my favorite quotes

One of my favorite quotes

  • To make a difference in my own life I needed to surround myself with people who are encouraging, supportive, loving, kind. Not all the people in our lives are here to encourage us; some are here to teach us how not to be. There will always be people in our lives who are ready whip us around with their tongues, but we don’t have to listen to them or be around them. You’ll make a difference in your life if you distance yourself from these kinds of people. 
  • What we think about we bring about. So to make a difference in my own life. I changed how I think. I don’t use swear words. I think about the good things in life and even though I am still going through some difficult things, like many people are, I am not dwelling the negative of what’s going on, but I’m looking at the good in all this. And in looking for the good, I’ve opened myself up for the best possibilities that life can offer.
  • Think about what and how you eat. If you’re trying to make a difference in your life to be more positive, by more inspiring, then you have to eat better food. Clean, organic food is the only way to supply your brain and body with the nutrients they need to accomplish our daily challenges. Plus it helps us to think better, and when we think better we’re capable of making better choices.

 Touching lives is what life is all about.

Making a difference is choice that first starts with you!