Making A Difference

From “When I Got Busy I got Better,” p. 21

“After feeling so powerless while living unsuccessfully with alcoholism, I see now that I can make a difference. I’ve learned to let go of the things I cannot change and to work on changing the things I can. I’m ‘letting it begin with me.’ I ask myself: am I ready to make a difference?”


We can resolve to make a difference just about anywhere: volunteering in about a trillion different organizations in need of help; doing the dishes when your husband is too tired to; feeding your neighbor’s dog. Any activity that gets me out of myself is often time well spent.

We don’t always realize that the little things we do are making a difference in the lives of others. Someone said, “Service is the rent we pay for a space on this earth.” I like the spirit behind that quote because it reminds me to be less self-centered and remember the needs of others in need of help. When I do something for them, MY self-esteem soars. And in giving, we all know, we receive.

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