What Difference Will Your Life Make?

Easter is a time of new beginnings.  I like to think of it as a time to let go of what has gone before and start with a fresh, spring like approach.  We all have the opportunity to change how we are in our lives, after all it is all about choices, we choose who and how we are.

 

Following on from my last post, Do Something For Someone Else This Week, I wonder if we ever really know how much difference we do make in others lives.  Of course there are always times when people tell us exactly how we have made a difference to them or for them, but often we have no idea.  That kind word to a stranger in the street can have a profound effect on them, even though for us it may just be some random kind comment, but if someone is having a really bad day (and let’s face it we have no idea what they are facing) it can be that ray of sunshine for them, that bright spark that is missing from their lives right now.

We can go through life in a very selfish way, just looking out for number one and not taking any notice of anyone else around us, we can go through life only taking care of those closest to us, our family and friends, or we can go through life and notice others, do something for them, help out selflessly where we can.  At the end of the day we might need a stranger to help us out one day too.

What difference will your life make to someone else today?

36 Comments

  • Donna Merrill
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    Reply Reply April 5, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Easter is a great time for new beginnings. It is sort of a “born again” time for me in my religion I practice. A new fresh start. Part of my religion is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. So, from a very young age, this was a mindset of mine.

    Small things we do can uplift another person. Going to a restaurant and looking into the eyes of your server. Thanking them whole heartedly. It is trite, but makes a huge difference. Just noticing people around you and fulfilling their needs is a wonderful feeling.

    -Donna

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 5, 2016

      I absolutely agree, Donna. Sometimes we don’t see how very important that interaction is. Thanks so much for visiting.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Monna Ellithorpe
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    Reply Reply April 5, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Such a great post and lots of meaning to it. It reminds me of my favorite quote:

    They May Forget What You Said, But They Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel ~Maya Angelou

    I really like when I say something to a stranger and they have such a look of surprise on their faces.

    Have a great week.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 5, 2016

      Hi Monna, thanks for visiting. I really love that quote and it is so very true, isn’t it.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Sonal Talwar
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    Reply Reply April 7, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    Great post!

    It is so meaningful – its so true that at times we take care only of those who are close to us and at the end of the day some stranger might come and help us.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2016

      Hi Sonal, thanks for visiting. You are so right, sometimes it is the stranger who helps us. There is so much we can do for them too.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Rachel Lavern
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    Reply Reply April 7, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Jesus said, “Give and it will be given to you”.

    When you give to others, reach out to others, pour into the lives of others, God is standing by ready to fill you up. When someone tells me that they are feeling empty, here is my suggestion to them: give to someone else. Encourage a co-worker. Help a struggling friend. Minister to a homeless person. Open the door for a stranger. In other words, make a difference.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2016

      Hi Rachel, thanks for visiting. It’s great to be able to encourage others to do as you would do yourself.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Joy Healey
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    Reply Reply April 7, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    You’re right – it can be the smallest thing that can make one’s day.

    In our Church over Lent we had a mission to do a random act of kindness every day. I have to confess I probably fell way short of every day – but I did go out of my way to be kinder than I usually am 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2016

      Hi Joy, thanks for visiting and thanks for sharing that. Pay it forwards too, as they say. What a great thing to do for Lent!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Michael
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    Reply Reply April 8, 2016

    Nice post, Mandy! Our words have powerful impact on ourselves and others. I plan to be thankful and appreciative of people I interact with today. It is a great reminder.

    –Michael
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2016

      Hi Michael, thanks for visiting. Sometimes we need to be reminded of the simple things in life as we can over complicate it.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Robin Khokhar
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    Reply Reply April 8, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    Nice post!

    You have written a meaning post. and yes we always care for ones who are close to us but we are being helped by the unknowns.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 8, 2016

      Hi Robin, thanks for visiting. We can all take a little time out of our busy schedule to help someone else, and in return we will be helped by others. What goes around comes around.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Hi Mandy 🙂

    Really enjoyed your post as it really expanded on how important it is to help others in your life….makes a huge difference in your life as well, because it just makes you feel so good that you helped someone out 🙂

    Great share!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 9, 2016

      Hi Joan, thanks for visiting. I totally agree, helping others gives us so much more than we realise. I think everyone should try it just so they can experience that feeling, then they’d do it more often, I’m sure.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Raphael Udonna
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    Reply Reply April 9, 2016

    Hello Mandy,

    I’m reading this after the Easter season but its still relevant today as it was then.

    There is no better day to show care to a stranger than today. Even by giving something as little as a smile, a cup of water, helping someone lift their goods can bring so much upliftment to one’s life, and again the satisfaction your soul gets by being selfless is tremendous.

    Have a lovely weekend Mandy.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Hi Raphael, thanks for visiting. You are so right, this is true at any time of the year. Today is the most important day of our lives!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Edward Thorpe
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    Reply Reply April 9, 2016

    Hi Mandy,
    Thoughtful post about our quality of living – something many of us take for granted. I truly believe that we’re not properly dressed if we go out in public without wearing a smile for everyone we see. As you said, you just never know… Edward
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Hi Edward, thanks for visiting. How lovely to include a smile wherever you go! Some people don’t understand how very important that is and how much impact it can have on another person’s day! Thanks for sharing that.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Hi Mandy ,being grateful ,and giving is the only way to live a good life.
    I do not need an event for this ,it is something which can be a habit.
    It is true these days many forget about in a stressful life ,it would be
    a much better world if everybody would start the day with being grateful.
    You did write a very beautiful post .
    Thank you
    Erika
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Hi Erika, thanks for visiting. Being grateful brings a feeling of great achievement to our lives. We can all practice gratitude every day. Very good point.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Lesly T. Federici
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    Reply Reply April 10, 2016

    Wow.. love all the comments! I’m not sure what my life will mean when I’m gone… I hope I will have inspired many. But my biggest hope is my son, who I adore. I hope I’ve taught him some good things. I write letters to him so he’ll have they to read later in his life and something to remember me by and bring comfort. So… that’s all I can hope for… much love to you Mandy 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Hi Lesly, thanks so much for visiting. I truly believe that if you put the effort in to your children they will benefit and you will see the great rewards that time spent has given to them. I decided when I was a teenager that I would not ever have children, I was very aware that I could not be in the least bit responsible enough. I totally admire people who have taken on that responsibility.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Kathryn Maclean
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    Reply Reply April 10, 2016

    Hi Mandy,
    Wonderful post. I think that we do go through life looking out for ourselves and perhaps our family, or people close to us.

    But what of others, can we do something for them? Helping out selflessly where we can, maybe a kind word or even just a smile and a caring attitude to people we meet online, or in our day to day dealings with people locally.

    I love Rachel’s remark Jesus said, “Give and it will be given to you”.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Hi Kathryn, thanks for visiting. Pay it forward is another phrase I love to use. It encourages us to pay any kindness shown to us on to another person. The result, of course, is that another may pay us a kindness some time. It’s lovely to know that people have these principles in their hearts and lives.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Dr. Erica Goodsotne
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    Reply Reply April 11, 2016

    Many,

    What an important question to ask?

    I keep being amazed at the actual power I have to affect someone else.
    It always surprises me.

    For example, someone on my list sent an email saying she missed the day my audio interview went live. So – I told her that when this summit ends and I get a copy of the audio I will share it with her. So simple and yet I am sure she felt care for.

    I have someone else who wants me to write a letter for him to an organization that may be able to help his child. I promised to do that – just in a week or two when I have time.

    There are so many ways I can show that I care to someone who is reaching out, or someone who I know needs a helping hand, some comfort, or just an ear to listen.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Hi Erica, thanks for visiting. Each os us can make a big difference in someone else’s life with just a small gesture, a small amount of time, a small amount of the plentiful resources we have for ourselves. Sometimes it is the smallest of things that can make a difference, and I imagine that we have all made a big difference in someone’s life without really recognising it. We just need to keep doing those things for others and we don’t need to know exactly how it helps, just know that it does.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • David Merrill
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    Reply Reply April 11, 2016

    Little things do make and awfully big difference in our lives, Mandy.

    And they can also have a huge effect on those who cross our path.

    I agree with your thoughts here, that we should take advantage of those times and offer kindness and help whenever we can. Even a smile can be so uplifting to someone. We’re fortunate to have opportunities for making a difference in the lives of others.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Hi David, thanks for visiting. I agree that we are indeed fortunate. I look at all that I have and know it is really nothing to share it with others. It makes no impact on my life, but some people are so caught up in ‘what’s mine is mine’ that they can’t see how much difference it would make to others people. Even the smallest gesture can change someone’s life.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • ikechi
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    Reply Reply April 11, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    You are so right and this truth is what I reveal in my blog. Most people feel that they can’t make a difference which is far from the truth.

    Everyone can make a difference and give a helping hand. I have read in books where the biggest paradigm shifts happened because someone cared and lent a helping hand.

    Thanks for sharing and have a swell week.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. Often we have no real idea of the difference we have made, we just have to know in our hearts that we tried our best and that something shifted for another person.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Bharat Sharma
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    Reply Reply April 13, 2016

    As we are a social animal so we are directly or indirectly connected with each others. There are times when we see a lot of problems in this approach when our tasks remain unfinished because of other people and we find it really troublesome that we are dependent on others for our tasks but we are dependent on each other for various activities ( and not jut for the regular office work). As far as my life is concerned, then as of now the only difference my life will make will be in the life of my family members. Nature loves to keep everything in the equilbirium state and one thing is removed from the sytem then it effects the whole system but very soon it get replaced by some other thing in our life. This is true for all living and non living things.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 14, 2016

      Hi Bharat, thanks fro visiting. You have made a very good point here, but to know that your family will be affected by you and your presence even when you are no longer here is a great thing to know.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Lillian
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    Reply Reply April 24, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    You’re so right! You never know when someone is having a bad day or having a rough patch in life. Just acknowledging a person and saying hello would make them cheer up. Who knows we offer some hope into their situation.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Lillian
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 26, 2016

      Hi Lily, thanks for visiting. You are right, we don’t know what anyone else is going through and a smile could make them feel so much better.

      Enjoy the journey!

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