6 comments on “Making a Difference

  1. You’re welcome! Please keep us posted on Pay it Forward! I think that is a really good theme. Tell us a time when somebody helped you, and let us know how it goes when you try helping someone else.

    • I am not sure whether I will be able to actually document whether I have made a difference or not. I think it is important to untether from having to know that I made a difference- I have to try and try often enough and hopefully it will make a difference.

      If I do, however, manage to ‘know’ that I have made a difference and feel it is right to share it with the world, I will definitely write about it. 🙂

  2. I think your intentions here are wonderful however I think you are still aiming too high. Have you ever thought that just smiling at someone can make a difference.

    If you want to make a difference in people’s lives you don’t need to make any gestures to selected people. Just smile at people as you go about your day. You never know how many people will see your smile and feel better for it then go on to do things in a more positive mood than if they had not seen your smile.

    I don’t know if you drive but just letting a fellow driver out at a junction can lead to them doing the same for someone else.(similarly holding open a door) It is the small gestures made for unknown people that can start off a chain of positive events just as much as the bigger grander gestures.

    A kind word can do wonders
    writing down your experiences in blogland can give others inspiration or moral support. There are so many ways you can make a difference to someone without eve knowing it.

    • I agree with you. I guess I was not able to articulate it fully in my post. If we move from grand gestures to small gestures, we might end up making a lot of difference. And yes, a smile can do wonders. I still remember some of the kindest things done for me and most of them were done by strangers. These were simple acts of kindness which made a difference to my love. The idea is not so much to have tangible proof of having made a difference but to try and make a difference irrespective of how it turns out because like I said, at least one of my acts is bound to make a difference.

      And yes, blogging can make a huge difference. In fact, reading various blogs has inspired me to follow my dreams- it has opened my mind to the possibilities. What I do apart from blogging is that I leave hugs around the blogosphere. If I come across a blog where I feel the author could do with a hug- i leave a one-line message and a hug behind. I have no idea whether the authors reply to my comment or come back to my blog because most of the time I lose track of the blog I commented on. I don’t know whether it is making a difference or not- I do know that I am trying.

      It is a lot simpler than we think it is and anyone can make a difference- we merely have to choose to.

  3. It’s so funny that you both mention smiles. As I was reading your post, I was remembering a time in high school. I was riding the bus to school and it was stopped on a busy road to pick up some kids. I was depressed and lonely and as I looked out the window, a woman in the car next to us looked up and smiled at me.

    That was a LONG time ago, and I still remember it because it made me feel like someone did care. We all just long to know that someone cares.

    • Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience.

      I believe that the power of a smile or a hug is grossly underestimated. I remember this small movement which had started in Bangalore a couple of years back of just walking down the road and giving ‘free hugs’ to anyone who needed/wanted one. The idea was to approach strangers and ask them if they wanted a hug. Unfortunately, it didn’t work very well. I guess Indians are still very conscious of personal space and mistake honorable intentions. It becomes even more complicated for a guy to give a girl a hug or vice versa.

      Maybe, in a few years, it will be successful. For the time being, let’s just start by smiling, eh?

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