Passionate Colors Newsletter ~  #14 ~ Making a Difference Zen in the Art of Writing

A true champion is someone who wants to make a difference, who never gives up, and who gives everything she has no matter what the circumstances are. A true champion works hard and never loses sight of her dreams.~ Dot Richardson

Health, Mind & Body

Every single person CAN make a difference. Here’s a story told by writer Marianne Larned:

Once there was a terrible storm that washed thousands of starfish ashore. A young girl, walking along the beach, picked up each starfish she came to and threw it back into the ocean.

After some time, a woman approached her and said, "Little girl, what are you doing? There are too many of these things to save. You can’t make a difference."

The little girl was momentarily disappointed, then reached down and tossed another starfish to the ocean and said, "Well, I made a difference to that one."

"One person can make a difference and every person must try." ~ John F. Kennedy

Electrifying leader President John Kennedy (1917-1963), recruited a new generation of Goodwill Ambassadors in the 60s "to help others to help themselves” with the Peace Corps, a government-funded volunteer organization for young Americans to serve overseas in developing countries.

“There can be no difference anywhere that does not make a difference somewhere.” ~ William James

William James (1842-1910) was a writer and philosopher, a physician and artist, beloved by students for his zest for life. He knew that there is a ripple effect when helping others. As spiritual writer Gita Bellin once said, “Everything I do and say with anyone makes a difference."

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment: we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can made a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway!” ~ Anne Frank

Courageous writer Anne Frank (1929-1945) was able to find optimism amid the isolation and horrors of her life in hiding. Her writing, read by millions since its 1947 publication, celebrates the power of the written word and is a legacy and tribute to the strength of the human spirit.

"Those among you who will be truly happy are the ones who have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

"It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can." ~ Sydney Smith

My Favorite Books Do what you can…