Empowering Tip: Make a difference with the little things

Hi everyone!  Today’s quote is from Desmond Tutu, an Archbishop, a Nobel Peace winner, and someone who has spent his life fighting for social rights in South Africa.  He says, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

This is such a positive, uplifting quote.  He’s trying to say you don’t need to make a “big” difference to change the world.  One time, when I was younger, someone asked me what I wanted to do.  I said I wanted to change people’s lives.  That person said, “You’ve already changed my life, so you’re off to a good start.”

That really brought me back a step, because I always thought I had to make a huge difference, make changes left & right, to accomplish something.  But I realized we all make differences to the people who surround us.   People learn from us, from our successes and failures, our challenges and our mistakes.  Just by being around you, other people are already learning from you.

So use that to your advantage.  Even a compliment can be a little bit of good.  And then all the good things everybody does – like cleaning up some trash, or helping someone, holding the door open, saying please, thank you, you’re welcome … these little bits of goods will collide together and make a big difference.

Just by doing the little things, you’re helping make big changes.  “We’re all in this together,” just like the High School Musical song says!

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