This is part 13 in a 30-day series of articles entitled The Power of One – Making an Intentional Impact.
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How are you currently making an impact, and how can you make your light shine brighter?
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In large and small ways, many people have made a difference in your life. Our parents are our first influencers, and some of your earliest memories will probably be activities or moments you spent with your family. As you grew and integrated more into your community, a broader range of people started to make an impact on your life.
Over time, the range of people making an impact on you may come to includes people younger than you as well as older. If you are a mum, you will probably agree with just how much you have learned from your children and learned about yourself by caring for them
Every new generation has the power to make a difference with their own brand of wisdom and influence.
Take some time now to think of the people who’ve made an impact on you: often with just a small act of kindness, some words of wisdom, or a conversation they’ve long forgotten.
- Church members
- Community members
Do you have a cherished memory of someone who affected you in a profound way? Please leave a comment below and tell us about it
You have the capacity to make that same impact on someone else, your family, friends, colleagues or even strangers. Small gestures often have a bigger impact than you realise.
Statistics show that human connection is often a catalyst to end periods of depression. Humans are designed to be in relationship with one another. Despite this need, many people find themselves isolated and feeling alone.
This disconnection can manifest in mental health and self-esteem issues. Even people who seem like they “have it all together” are often struggling in some area of their life.
Start a conversation with someone who sits alone at lunchtime. Ask them about their family and their interests. Your attention and kindness could help bridge an important gap between their current situation and the hope they need to rise up from a difficult place. Simply showing interest in them can be all that it takes to combat the negativity in their lives.
Take a moment to think about the people who have made an impact on your life. Recall the different times that someone’s actions really made a difference in your mood, or the outcome of the situation at hand. Did they do something grand, or something small and seemingly insignificant?
Spending time reflecting on who has been important in your life and what they did for you will do a few things – including making you smile and encouraging gratitude.
After your reflection, make a conscious decision to do small things for people in your life. Take your time to engage, uplift, help or encourage those you love most.
- Take someone out for a meal and conversation
- Help an elderly neighbour with their garden or shopping
- Help a single mum with babysitting
- Teach a child to bake cookies
- Write your blog and share your experiences and your words of wisdom with the world
Thinking about the people who have made a difference in our lives helps remind us how easy it is to make an impact. Being in gratitude for their gestures, large and small, makes it easy to be of service to others with our own kindnesses.
Spread a little sunshine wherever you go – with your thoughts, words and deeds.