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It Only Takes One Person to Make a Difference


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Man walking on the beach trying to make a difference.

Have you tried to make a difference to someone’s life? How did it feel?

I’m sure you felt happy and content. Making a difference to someone’s life is like giving a new lease of life to the person, isn’t it?

But why do some of us feel it’s so hard to make a difference in the lives of others, whether they are our family, friends, or just anyone.

Do we really try that hard to make a difference at all?

I feel each one of us is but one person: burdened, limited with our own cares and responsibilities.

We often want to make a difference, but feel there is so much to be done, and we have so little to give.

Something or the other stops us from taking that first step to make a difference or reaching out to others.

Most of us get so busy with our own lives that we tend to ignore others around us. It is often the lack of time and money that often hinders us to make a difference in the lives of one another.

I can – I do my bit by taking out time and trying to help, inspire, and motivate people.

We need to just look at our end and do as much as possible – even if it’s making a difference to one person and his or her whole world.

Let’s make a difference.

Here’s a story I read online about how it only takes one person to make a difference to the society and the world. I loved it and thought of sharing an excerpt from it here with you.

“We can do no great things – only small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa

A Story to Make a Difference

Once as a man was walking down a deserted beach early morning, and he saw another figure faraway.  As they both approached each other, he could make out that the other person was a local native.

The local kept leaning down to pick up something, and throwing it back into the water. Repeatedly, he hurled things into the sea.

As their distance lessened, the man could see that the native was picking up starfish that was washed upon the beach. And one by one, the native was throwing them back into the water.

It looked like he was trying to make a difference somewhere, though nothing was clear yet to the man.

The man looked puzzled and asked the native what he was doing.

The native replied, “I’m throwing these starfish back into the sea. Because of low tide all of them have been washed up onto the shore. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they will die due to lack of oxygen.”

The man said, “But there are thousands of such starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly save all of them. And this same thing must be happening on many other beaches also. Can’t you see that you cannot possibly make a difference?”

The native smiled, and carried on doing his work. He bent down, picked up another starfish and as he threw if back into the sea he replied, “See, I made a difference to that one!”

So, wasn’t he trying to make a difference in his own way? Let’s try to learn lessons from it.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” ~ Helen Keller

Lesson to Take Back Home

You can make a difference by doing what you can do. Whatever it might be, whatever you think you’re capable of – even if it’s just saving a starfish.

It’s not about others, it’s all about you. It’s not about the entire problem; it’s about the problem that lies in front of you.

You can see a thousand problems, but even if you attempt to solve one problem – you make a difference.

The local native’s efforts did lessen the number of starfishes on the beach. May be he didn’t try to make a difference, but he realized his responsibility and just did his bit.

What’s your bit and what’s stopping you from doing it?

Remember, when we leave this shore, there will still be many starfish abandoned on the beach. Perhaps we can’t change the world, but can’t we help change one person’s whole world?

One at a time, can’t you and me do something to make a difference?

We can, if we really want to.

 “We must become the change we want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Over to you

Could you relate to the story? How do you feel you can make a difference to someone? Have you tried to make a difference in such a way that it’s helped others, or helped in some existing social problems or causes? Share in the comments.

 

 


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Harleena Singh is a positive thinker and a freelance writer. She loves to write inspiring and thought provoking posts on self-improvement, family, relationships, health, and other aspects of life. She's not another personal development guru, but just an average person with great life experiences. She's also a blogger, who loves to share her blogging knowledge and experiences. Network with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+..

50 Comments

  1. Mayura

    November 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Absolutely ~ We can, if we really want to.

    Wonderful… And Wonderful… I always believe a single person can make a difference :) It doesn’t matter how much, where or when. I’ve inspired from many true stories too. There’s more people is thinking about “Minding their own business”… Even at blogging, we can see people blogging solely for money and others who would like to help people while earning money too.

    I’ve heard myself that people giving up something just because they think others won’t support him/her. It’s always true that we have to go alone in that way for a while until others recognize what we do too. May be no recognition at all. Sometimes it may lead to death if they are critical enough and don’t believe in what we do. It’s never easy though. But what matters is “Doing Something” than none at all. Even you could just do freelancing and stop blogging, so you can save more time for your family instead of inspiring or helping more people. But you didn’t :)

    I can always remember moments I felt so good after helping people :) We all know what I just meant. Isn’t it Harleena? I try to help as I can do right now, which is a little. I’m saving my big plans for future :)

    Thanks for inspiring always dear :)

    Cheers…

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      Harleena Singh

      November 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Absolutely Mayura!

      I truly believe that we all can make a little difference if we really want to. All it takes is a will to do so – isn’t it?

      Yes indeed, mostly we have people who get too involved in their own life and work, and even if they want to make a difference they aren’t really making a sincere effort because they are too busy making money or have no time. I agree about people blogging to make money, while there are so many other wonderful bloggers who blog to help others. But I don’t blame the ones making money because that might be their source of income too. However, we shouldn’t forget to help others whenever we can.

      Ah…speaking of myself, yes you are right to a certain extent about me not freelancing as much as I can , and yes, I can just do that and earn a lot of money too – but is that really what I want? I’ve asked myself this question many times and realized that making money isn’t everything. I want to even help new freelance writers on my other blog for writers. I love helping people as and when I can, and if this blog can help inspire and motivate even one person, I feel I have accomplished something – so I keep trying for that. But I do have my writing projects too, though that is not the start and end for me – life is much larger than making money for me. :)

      I know you too are a person who loves to help others as I’ve read your earlier comments here about that, which is commendable from a person your age – keep it up! I just wanted to convey a little message through this short story post and help people realize that your efforts of helping even one person never go waste – just take the first step forward towards it.

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your wonderful contribution – as always. :)

  2. Lori Gosselin

    November 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I love that story Harleena!

    You make the point so well in this article. Do something! You never know how something you do helps someone. That’s why we don’t do something – we can’t see the reverberations of it, can we?

    Thanks for this reminder!
    Lori

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      Harleena Singh

      November 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Glad you liked the post Lori!

      I loved the story the moment I read it too. It’s often easy for us to talk about wanting to make a difference, but how many of us are really doing it in our day to day life. Just as you mentioned, you never know how even a small deed of yours might help another person. All that we need to do is get started. :)

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  3. Corinne Rodrigues

    November 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I firmly believe in the power of one person to make a difference, Harleena.

    Just today, I was pleasantly surprised to get a personal message from another blogger who blogs anonymously. She wrote to share some personal news with me and tell me that through my blog and interactions with her I had made a difference to her. I didn’t even realize that. When she acknowledged this, she in turn made such a difference to me. The butterfly / ripple effect was indeed at work.

    I love the starfish story – every little positive action of ours does make a difference.

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      Harleena Singh

      November 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Glad you liked the story and believe that we can make a difference Corinne!

      Doesn’t such news make you feel so wonderful! And your blog surely makes a difference to many for the wonderful content that you share on it too. I get a lot of such news too and it makes me feel as if I am accomplishing something through blogging here. We often don’t realize the lives we are touch and that’s how it should be I think, keep doing your best to as many as you can.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  4. Jodi Heal Now and Forever

    November 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I try to do it, make a difference, and my clients tell me i do, but sometimes I wonder if there are some things I chose that are less efficiently helping others. Like the background organizing. I wonder if I can do more with that time, but I will try to shift it subtly.

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      Harleena Singh

      November 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      I know you do Jodi!

      Your blog itself says it all and is about helping others heal, which is making a huge difference in people’s lives. I think what matters most is that we keep trying to do our best in whatever little way we can to make a difference, and if we can do that even to one person – our purpose is accomplished – isn’t it? The background organizing is something you want to do to make the blog better, and that’s perfectly alright – taking sometime out for getting things organized. :)

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  5. Sapna

    November 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Harleena

    I really like the story. We can always take a baby step and that can surely make the difference. But there should be a desire, a killer instinct to make a substantial difference and we can always do that. I really feel that you are always making a difference in the life of others through your blog.

    Thanks
    Sapna

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      Harleena Singh

      November 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Glad you liked the story Sapna!

      Yes indeed, start by taking small steps to make a difference in any one person’s life. But yes, there should be that desire as you mentioned – the want to do so, or else things don’t work and it just remains a thought in the back of our minds.

      Thank you for those warm and kind words Sapna. I do try to make a difference in whatever little way I can, and it’s wonderful readers like you who keep me motivated to do so.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  6. Debbie

    November 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Yes, Harleena you are right we can make a difference. Love the starfish story. Sometimes what we do forget is that we can make a difference in a positive way or a negative way.

    Every day we touch someones life, whether it is people we love or even a stranger. Just being a honest upstanding citzen can make a difference in this world. Our daily actions can change the world little at a time.

    I have read this book by V.J. Smith “The Richest Man in Town”. It is a book about a cashier at Wal-Mart that always treated others with love and respect. People would stand in line just to have him check them out. Because he was very positive and made their day brighter.

    Making a difference comes down to loving others, not judging others and just plain enjoying being alive. When we do this we are setting an example for the world. And that one person our attitude affects may change their life forever.

    Thank you for showing the world that we can all make a difference little at a time, and day by day.
    Debbie

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      Harleena Singh

      November 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Glad you agree and liked the story too Debbie!

      Absolutely! We can make a difference both ways – positively and negatively too, and that’s where we have to be all the more careful. :)

      Yes, we touch many people’s lives everyday, but if we can make a difference (positive one!) to any one of them, our purpose would be accomplished in more ways than one – isn’t it? All that matters is that we do our little bit, make our sincere effort, and keep trying to make a difference. Even if we can’t change the world, we can make a difference to that one person. Like you mentioned, we can change the world little at a time – together we can.

      I’ve heard about the book, though never read it yet. But it surely does seems worth reading. The book made a difference in your life, so you shared it with me – that’s how it all works I guess. :)

      I agree, making a difference is about loving others and not judging them, instead just doing good for others. If we make a difference to them, it just might change their lives too, at least it will affect them positively I’m sure.

      Thanks for stopping by and adding more value to the post. :)

  7. Shorya Bist

    November 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    First of all I would like to congratulate you on the work you do, I am impressed. I was going through some of your articles and I found many things common with you, the way you think and present, as if I would have written this.

    Now secondly the topic you put up is really very good to discuss. Well written article, and I totally agree with Helen Keller Quote.

    “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”

    It is very common with many people – they don’t even attempt if they think that they can’t make a difference.

    I want to share my experience, in my childhood I used to play cricket with my apartment friends. One day we were like playing test match kind of cricket with no overs. I want to make it the story short ,the scene was we had to make 70 or 80 runs and two last batsman were left – me and my friend. All of my team player said lets give up we wont be able to win.I just said let my try, they gave me a chance, cutting the story short- Me with my partner, we cross 60 and he got out. After the match everybody appreciated my spirit and til now they remember my batting of that match as I am a bowler not a batsman.I didn’t win that match – that doesn’t matter because I made an impression that they never forget.

    This is the thing we should not let it go if we can’t make a big difference at least we can create some difference and you may not know some time things get possible which many think that it is impossible.

    Thanks again Harleena for putting up this topic. I was just thinking to start writing on inspiration category as I am good in inspiring people,and after reading your articles I am definitely going to write some article very soon.

    Thank You
    Shorya Bist
    From Youthofest

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      Harleena Singh

      November 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Welcome to the blog Shorya!

      Thank you for your kind words of appreciation about my work – glad you like them. Nice to know that your thoughts are also quite similar as well. :)

      I loved that quote too the moment I read it too. Yes indeed, some people just won’t go ahead and try to make a difference if they feel they can’t, though they could at least try.

      That was a wonderful childhood incidence you shared here, which gives a lesson of not giving up and keeping on trying till you can, and you did make a difference in the end, which is what matters more than winning the match. Your story reminded me of an earlier post I’d written on how to not fear failure (here’s the link in-case you want to go through it – http://www.aha-now.com/how-to-not-fear-failure ). It is the spirit to keep trying that makes you a winner all the way.

      Thanks for stopping by. Glad to know that you are good at inspiring people, which is all the more reason to put up a category on inspiration on your blog. Hope to see you there soon. :)

      • Shorya Bist

        November 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

        Thanks , I would love to write a guest post for your blog and soon I’ll come up with 1.

        Cheers!

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          Harleena Singh

          November 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

          Sure, presently I’ve the guest posting only for the blog community members; there’s a long list, but I’m sure you can make to it :)

  8. Ilka Flood

    November 28, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Hi Harleena,

    First thanks for sharing one of my all-time-favorite stories…The Starfish Story! I love it!

    It doesn’t take much to make a difference in someone else’s life. Often a smile will do to cheer somebody up who’s having a bad day. It makes me feel good when they smile back and I know I’ve touched them.

    But the ultimate feeling of happiness because I had made someone’s day I felt about 14 or 15 years ago when I read an article about a young boy from the East Coast who was about to have a heart transplant. Even though he was very sick, Jason still was playing goalie for his roller hockey team. His idol was Patrick Roy who was the goalie for the Colorado Avalanche ice hockey team at the time and who just happened to live down the street from us.

    I thought it would be nice to have that article printed, autographed and framed and send to the boy. So I did. I printed it out, took it over to Patrick’s house and had him sign it, (he did more than that and wrote a really nice note to the boy as well) and then I had it professionally framed.

    I arranged a meeting with Jason and his father when he would come here to Denver Children’s hospital for treatment after his transplant. You should have seen his face as we handed him the signed article. Just thinking about it warms my heart all over again. Sadly Jason died just a couple of months after that because of complications of the transplant. His sister treasures the article now as a last memento of her brother.

    It really doesn’t take much to make someone happy, we just need to decide to do it. Just like picking up one starfish at the time and throwing it back into the water.

    Thanks for bringing back great memories, Harleena!

    Be blessed,

    Ilka

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      Harleena Singh

      November 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

      I’m glad you could resonate with the post, Ilka!

      I’m so impressed by your act of kindness and by what you did to try to make a difference in the life of Jason. It shows a genuine care when you make efforts going out of the way and selflessly to make someone happy. I’ll be honest; I don’t know if I could’ve done what you did, and you’re right when you say that all it takes is to make up your mind and do what seems right to you – something for others. I think it was an awesome thoughtful act and you gave a beautiful moment of happiness to Jason. May his soul rest in peace and shower blessings on you.

      I also commend Patrick, who cooperated with full heart and did more than mere signing to make sure it meant more than just a smile. You’re right; even a smile makes all the difference to somebody who is having a hard time – the goodness radiates and uplifts our spirits.

      Thanks for teaching me a wonderful lesson on how to make a difference in somebody’s life. I wish you keep smiling and keep on your good work.
      I’m grateful that you shared your story to inspire us all and adding value to the post.

  9. Donna Merrill

    November 28, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Harleena,

    I just loved this post and especially the Starfish story. We all make a difference in a positive or negative way and don’t realize it sometimes. To me, it comes down to being mindful of the fact that we are all connected in some way. I won’t get into the parapsychology theories or the quantum mechanics here, but from what I believe we are all connected.

    Each thing we say or do has an effect on someone or some thing. If we have the mindset of this, then a simple smile can rock someone’s world. We can do things to help others, but I find it in the small things in life that count so much. We won’t know if we made a difference or not, but that’s not important.

    To me, the important thing is that we just do it! There are so many opportunities in one single day if we keep our eye open. There are so many people we encounter that may need a helping hand. Sometimes I find that if I slow down and offer assistance, to a stranger in any way, it is what I’m here to do.

    Such a beautiful article Harleena!
    Donna

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      Harleena Singh

      November 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Glad you like the post, Donna!

      You’re right that every thought and action of ours affects somebody and something, somewhere. I agree when you say that we’re all connected in some way, though people may differ in accepting this belief, I’m sure you’ve strong reasons to support it.

      It all comes down to be responsible and treat everyone as your own self, right? If people start doing that, they would be kind and good to all. No doubt that a simple smile can go miles in the journey of our life. You’re right; even the small things we do, intentionally or not, make a difference, whether we come to know of them or not, but we know that our intention is genuine and pure, and that is what matters.

      Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts, and you’d not know but I’m sure those who read your comment will find a change in their hearts and value every opportunity in their daily life to help somebody.

      I loved your comment and thanks for stopping by – you made a difference :)

  10. Galen Pearl

    November 28, 2012 at 3:40 am

    I have heard that story before and I absolutely love it every time! Sometimes we feel so overwhelmed when we think of huge changes we want to make in the world. We overlook the tremendous impact we can have during all the many brief encounters we have with people all the time. One time a woman told me I have a nice smile, and I smiled for weeks! It doesn’t take much to lift someone up, and likewise, it doesn’t take much to pull someone down. Everything we do or think or say matters, more than we know.

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      Harleena Singh

      November 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Yes, Galen – it’s a beautiful story and I wanted everybody to read that and feel its power. I agree, when the task seems daunting, we’re shrouded by inactivity and thoughts of impossibility. And the way out is to do simple small things – just anything; not with the aim of changing the world, but with the kind intention of bringing happiness and a smile to somebody, somewhere. Your personal experience teaches us the value of a smile – you cannot weigh its effect in terms of money.

      Every thought, word, and act matters – an invaluable lesson for all – thanks for that and for stopping by. :)

  11. Vidya Sury

    November 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I have read that story. It is powerful. Little drops of water make the mighty ocean. Yes, we can make a difference – I strive to do that all the time.

    Beautiful post, Harleena.

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      Harleena Singh

      November 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

      I’m happy that you liked the post, Vidya!

      Yes, indeed it’s a powerful story that would get anybody out of deep slumber to start doing something – even if it is picking up just one starfish; even a single drop saved contributes to making of the ocean, in your words :)

      It’s good to know that you believe in making a difference and actually do it. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  12. Aditya

    November 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I loved the story – So satisfying even if you can help a single person. I guess I haven’t helped anyone much but I do try to help my readers through my blog, if that can be counted. I agree with your line that solving a single problem can make a difference, it gives us the motivation and positivity to tackle other problems head-on. Loved this post. Thanks for sharing the story :)

    Aditya

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      Harleena Singh

      November 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Glad you love the post, Aditya!

      Of course, if you try to help your readers through your posts, it is surely counted. At least I do that, though I do feel I should be doing more than that. Motivation and inspiration is so important to remain positive, that too is counted as a help that you do for people.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  13. Celeste Smucker

    November 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Namaste Harleena. Thanks for a thoughtful post….and a great reminder. I know we are presented with ways to make a difference every day….its only a matter of noticing and taking action when and where we are. My spiritual teacher regularly reminds us to walk where our feet are. The starfish story is a great example.

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      Harleena Singh

      November 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Namaste and welcome to my blog, Celeste!

      I’m glad you like the post. I totally agree with you that everyday we’re offered chances and choices to make a difference and help somebody or do some good. We’ll find such opportunities if we WILL to find them; you only find what you feel for, deep down in your heart, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and making your contribution. :)

  14. Amandah

    November 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I think for most us, myself included, we don’t really know if we’re making a difference because no one says, “You made a difference.”

    Let’s face it; we’ve been conditioned to receive feedback. We like to hear that we’ve made a difference. If we don’t hear that our efforts are paying off, then we think that we’re not making a difference. I’ll use myself as an example. I have no idea if I’m having a positive influence on my sister, niece, and nephew because they don’t tell me if I am. I’ve backed off giving advice, especially when I wasn’t asked for it in the first place, but I continue to be mindful of my actions and the words I speak.

    Another example is my volunteer efforts. I have no idea if I made a difference in the lives of the kids I taught through Junior Achievement. I reviewed their pre and post tests, and the post tests indicated they knew more about being an entrepreneur than in the beginning of the class. But none of the kids came up to me and said, “Thanks, you made a difference and helped me realize that I want to become an entrepreneur.” I may never know if I’ve made a difference. Who knows? Maybe I am making a difference. :)

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      Harleena Singh

      November 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      You’re right about the conditioning aspect, Amandah – I think it is natural and a normal psychology that we look for rewards and appreciation, or even some attention whenever we think we do a good thing.

      Here in the story the local native just felt like to make a difference and did it, and he knew he wouldn’t get a reward or any kind of response from the starfish, or any other onlookers – he did what he felt deep down in his heart. This is a selfless service to make a difference – to do something that we know and believe that it is the right thing to do – then it does not matter if anybody approves of it or commends it or not – it had to be done.

      I think most kids and teenagers do not reach that mental state where they can really understand and acknowledge if somebody is making a difference in their lives, which they might realize years later when they’re grown up and look back at their life. But as an adult, I feel our job is to keep guiding and showing the way, even if they do not ask, because they’re family.

      You did a wonderful job, and you know that because the results show that clearly. So, you should pat your back yourself, because you know in your own heart that you made a difference – and that is what matters.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and contributing to the post. :)

  15. Alexandria Barker

    November 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Hi, I love the idea of doing ANYTHING to help make others’ lives brighter. As a holistic healer/teacher/speaker I connect with many people in person and through my blog – I always try to leave them with something, so they in turn will be inspired to help someone. Long live the ripple effect!

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      Harleena Singh

      November 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Welcome to the blog, Alexandria!

      You’re doing a great job, and I am sure people benefit from your healing lessons. Yes, everything we do has a ripple effect, whether good or bad; but you make a difference by spreading positivity and goodness.

      Thank you for doing that and for stopping by. :)

  16. Betsy / Zen Mama

    November 29, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Harleena,
    Great Minds think alike! I had a very similar version of this story on my several months ago before you were a reader.

    Thanks for the reminder that we can all make a difference!!

    Betsy

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      Harleena Singh

      November 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

      It’s nice to know we think alike, Betsy!

      I came across this particular story and couldn’t stop myself from using it, because it really made me think about the usefulness of my actions. Yes, I and you, and we all together can make a huge difference – it’s so good to read the comments and know that people have such great thoughts.

      Thank you for stopping by. :)

  17. Sylviane Nuccio

    November 29, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Excellent, Harleena!

    Well, you made a difference with this post. It was a very refreshing read.

    It’s not necessarily the big things that count, but more so the little things accumulated. If we all do our little bit it will amount to a whole lot. I love Mother Theresa’s quote, as individual we can’t really do great things, we can only do little things that counts.

    As long as we don’t give up and believe that we can make a difference, we will.

    Thanks for this great post, Harleena :)

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      Harleena Singh

      November 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Glad you like the post, Sylviane!

      Oh yes, every small thing that we do matters – as others said before, even a smile makes wonders and makes a difference to people. Who’s asking to change the world, just do little bits as you say, that are filled with love.

      Love makes a difference, and just being a true human being makes a difference.

      Thanks for your great thoughts and for making your contribution to the post. :)

  18. Ashley Porter

    November 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Great article Harleena. I think it’s embracing the fact that making a difference in a least 1 person’s life is significant because that 1 person could help some one else or we could help 1 different person many times. 1 person is a start and we often underestimate our ability to positively influence others in a major way.

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      Harleena Singh

      November 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

      I’m glad you like the article, Ashley!

      You’re right – never to underestimate the power of one. The value “000000” remains useless until there’s a “1” before it! :) Well , may be that wasn’t the best way to illustrate the power of one, but every individual and every act counts. Even is not doing good, even abstinence from doing bad also makes a difference!

      Thanks for stopping by, good to see you after a long time. :)

  19. Hajra

    November 30, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I recently started volunteering at a local hospital because I felt that is how I will reach out to people on a more personal level and make a difference like I feel I could. It is amazing what a minute of concern can do for a person who is going through cancer battle or who just had a painful surgery and has o one to share it with.

    It really does take one person to make a difference and we just need to be there to find who needs us.

    Sorry for the short comment, have exams going on so trying to do blog reading really fast!

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      Harleena Singh

      November 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

      It’s so true, Hajra; you can make a difference to somebody by giving your time, love, and attention. As you say even a minute of concern does wonders for those suffering and battling with diseases. The support through which a person can uplift the spirits and open the emotional channels itself makes a difference, and you do not need money for this task. You’re doing a wonderful task and I appreciate your effort to make a difference.

      Glad to know we think alike and all the best for your exams. Thanks for taking out time to comment and contributing to the post. :)

  20. Viola Tam

    December 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Thank you for sharing this timeless inspirational starfish story.

    Interesting enough, I was attending a virtual training where Eric Worre of Network Marketing PRO talked about stepping to touch more people’s lives. There was this All-Star Special Panel of six that shared their past challenges and success. All of them were once ‘ordinary’ or even stuck. They got inspired by someone who cared enough to share!

    There is definitely power when small groups of ‘ordinary people’ get together to achieve common goals!
    The power is even profound when great leaders like Eric stepped up to inspire others to becoming exceptional!

    Keep up your great work here. You never know whose life will be touched….

    With Appreciation,

    Viola Tam

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      Harleena Singh

      December 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      I’m glad you liked the story and the post, Viola!

      Yes, we do need to pay back to life in form of positive intentions and acts. We need to give back what we got or took from others knowingly or unknowingly. I also heard about the Bill Gates club where all billionaires donate half of their wealth to charity.
      Even if you do not have money, like Eric says, give your time or touch people’s lives in anyway. Not all acts need to be selfish; I believe one should do selfless services at times to keep the balance.

      Eric makes a difference; you and I too can make a difference. I always hope that my posts touch somebody in some good way.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

  21. Ravi budhwar

    February 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks harleena first for sharing this brilliant article with us and yes one person can make a difference for any other person life.By just helping him and always stay with the person in whatever situations.

    • Harleena Singh

      April 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Welcome to the blog Ravi!

      You are most welcome, and thanks for liking the article. Yes indeed, it just takes one person to make a difference, and am sure if we all try, we can make a huge difference in this world too – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  22. Denise Gabbard

    April 6, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Hi Harleena! Have seen the starfish story before, but it is always worth seeing again. I am an animal lover, so I also equate it to fostering a dog or cat from a shelter that would otherwise be euthanized. No, we cannot save every one….but, we can save one:)

    • Harleena Singh

      April 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Welcome to the blog Denise!

      Nice to know that you’ve heard the story earlier, but I guess when we read or see such stories, sometimes we don’t remember the lessons conveyed.

      Oh yes…being an animal lover myself, I can understand totally what you mean. I agree, we can’t save or help everyone, but even saving or helping one can make a huge difference to that one life.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

  23. Sarvesh Darak

    May 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    Well yes I totally agree with your views regarding one person that can make difference.

    We can see in movies a single person(hero) is responsible for the whole story. I mean the total story will be evolve around him.

    Anyway, I am new here! and found lot of interesting self development tips.

    Thanks.

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      Harleena Singh

      July 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Welcome to the blog Sarvesh!

      Sorry for the late reply – I guess I missed on this comment, though I’m glad am here now to reply to it :)

      Absolutely! It actually takes only one person to make a difference, whether in his/her own life or anyone else’s. It always starts with us – doesn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the posts too :)

  24. Emma Blogs

    July 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Yes Harleena, very soul touching post.

    I do try most times to make a difference in peoples lives, especially those that are family. what breaks my heart right now is that the only kid boy i really desired to impact is so adamant in his ways. I’ve tried all i can but you can only lead the horse to the river but can’t force him to drink i guess…Thanks for inspiring me again!
    Cheers!

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      Harleena Singh

      July 10, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Welcome to the blog Emma!

      Good to have you over, and I we need to thank Enstine for connecting us here too :)

      Nice to know that you try to make a difference to people’s lives as well, and that’s the way it should be. Ah…kids will be kids and they often take their own sweet time, don’t worry, with time things take shape.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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