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Making A Difference

by Sharmila Jayasinghe (follow)
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The first thought that crossed my mind, as I stepped out of bed in the morning was how blessed I am that my feet touched the soft, silky carpet. It got me thinking. Often in our lives we tend to forget how fortunate we are to have those small blessings. Like having a cup to drink our tea in, or that pillow to lay our head on - or even the fresh air that is there to breathe in. We sometimes fail to understand that these little things are actually enormous blessings.

Sometimes we do tend to look at people who have more than us, and try to make a difference in our lives. Try to obtain what they have. Play the scenarios in your head. Haven’t you visited a friend, admired her newly bought exotic potted indoor plant and thought “maybe I should get that?” Haven’t you then gone on to ask for all the details, and the very next day rush to the garden shop and purchase that very same plant, or maybe two plants?

Subsequently you forget the plant, and let it whither just because that initial excitement and the interest did not last. Each and every one of us has (at one stage) admired our friends newly purchased designer bag, and wished we had one too - as well as go to the extreme of actually purchasing the same despite not needing a new bag. Why do we look at people who have more than us, and then try to make a difference in our lives. I am sure this kind of behaviour has a word. Yes it does, and that word is called envy.

Life would be more rewarding to look at people who have less than us, and then try to make a difference in their lives. I am sure this action of not surrendering to the temptation of obtaining something that someone else has requires a great deal of self-control; but wouldn’t it be rewarding to be able to stop and think before we act on envy? Wouldn't life be better if we look at a child who was dumped by her parents, because she was born different, and try to make a difference in her life?

Wouldn’t it be better to look at the man who shivers on the streets in the harsh cold winter without any shelter? Wouldn’t it be better to provide even one single meal to that mother who is struggling to feed her children?

The world we live in is full of opportunities, where we can make a profound difference in someones life. Maybe in a big way, or maybe in a small way; but what counts is the difference that our actions bring. We should often ponder about the nice things we have; the small things that we have been blessed with, and be thankful for them. We must then go on to find ways in which we can be a blessing to others who are less fortunate than we are.

# Generosity
# Helping Others
# Life
# Life Skills
# Gratitude
# Appreciation
# Giving
# Universal Laws
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