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You Can Make A difference

by Sivananda Reddy Share via -

It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life - Bryant H. McGill

Friends..! Are you making a difference in any way..? The quantity doesn’t matter but quality. I don’t know, how you can do that. But, are you inclined and motivated to make the difference that can be remembered by men who are benefited out of it one or the other way. I strongly believe and agree with Bryant that life without making a difference is not worth lived. Here is an interesting story for you to think about it and act.

A teacher in New York, decided to honour each of her seniors in High School by telling them the difference each of them had made. She called each student to the front of the class one at a time. First she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon, imprinted with gold letters, which read, "Who I am makes a Difference."

Afterwards, the teacher decided to do a class project, to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a Community. She gave each student three more blue ribbons, and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgement ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honoured whom and report to the class in about a week.

One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company, and honoured him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon, and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like for you to go out, find someone to honour, and give them a blue ribbon.

Later that day, the junior executive went into see his boss, who had a reputation of being kind of a grouchy fellow. He told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss said, "Well sure." The junior executive took one of the blue ribbons and placed it right on his boss's jacket, above his heart, and then he asked, offering him the last ribbon, "Would you take this extra ribbon, and pass it on by honouring somebody else?... the teenager who gave me these is doing a school project, and we want to keep this ribbon ceremony going and see how it affects people."

That night, the boss came home and sat down with his 14 years old son. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office, and one of my employees came in and told me he admired me, and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine! He thinks I am creative genius! Then he put a blue ribbon on me that says, "Who I am makes a Difference." He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honour. As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about who I would honour with this ribbon, and I thought about you. I want to honour you.....My days are hectic and when I come home, I don't pay a lot of attention to you. I yell at you for not getting good enough grades and for your messy bedroom. Somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid, and I love you!"

The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter to you and Mom, explaining why I had took my life, and I asked you to forgive me. I was going to commit suicide tonight after you were asleep. I just didn’t think that you cared at all. The letter is upstairs. I don’t think I'll need it after all."

His father walked upstairs and found a heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain.
The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch, but made sure to let all of his employees know that they made a difference.

The junior executive helped many other young people with career planning, one being the boss' son, and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life.
In addition, the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson: "Who you are DOES make a difference.”

Thus, I’m passing the blue ribbon to you to make a difference to yourself and to others because I strongly believe that you can certainly make a difference. 

About the author: Sivananda, popularly known as “Act of Living Coach” in Bangalore. Sivananda is the creator of “Act of Living” (The best life coaching program in Bangalore) program where he coaches the participants to explore the power with-in to live their life to the fullest. His client base includes software professionals, students, and corporate groups. He frequently coach people from various walks of life and brings out the excellence within them. His “Depression to Succession” program is one of the unique life coaching program that help people to transform their depression to succession. People always admire his life coaching abilities and would love to be part of his life coaching programs and work-shops that he conducts in Bangalore.

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