Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Make A Difference

Thinking back to my ultimate life goal and pursuit in life, it has always been to make a difference in someway to contribute to the greater good of society. This Sunday, October 25th, will be National Make a Difference Day. There are many ways in which you can contribute. You don't have to be rich and give oodles of money to a cause in order to make a difference. You only need to just DO. If you have not pursued this in your life yet, you are missing out and most importantly losing that which makes us human.........to have the conscious ability to decide to give and to care.

This week MacAnderson has written about a new book Simple Truths offers which provides you many ideas of things you can do to make a difference. Here is a simple example:

It all started with a piece of trash...
Matthew Emerzian, a successful music industry executive in Los Angeles, was walking back to his office with a co-worker one afternoon in 2004 when he stopped to pick up a plastic fountain drink cover from the sidewalk and put it in a nearby garbage bin.
“My co-worker quickly asked me what I was doing,” Emerzian recalled. “I explained what I thought to be the obvious, but apparently I was wrong.” To the co-worker, litter simply belonged to the litterer, not to the population as a whole.
“I explained to him that litter and pollution are everyone's problem not just the person who couldn't find the trash can for their cup lid. He profoundly responded with 'Dude, you're weird.'”
Emerzian, now 38, walked back to his office both angry and sad.
“I couldn't believe that someone could remove themselves so far from the greater good of our world.”
Matt began to think, 'what if everyone in the country picked up one piece of litter on the same day.' Or 10 pieces! The math was easy, yet so powerful. He then began to think of a few other easy things that 300 million Americans could do to make a difference.
From this, a great idea was born. He called his friend, Kelly Bozza, and told her that he wanted to write a book about how all of us can make a difference with our lives. Within a week, they had over 100 items on their list and were ready to start writing.
Their book, titled
Every Monday Matters...52 Ways to Make a Difference, has sold 120,000 copies. It is both powerful and thought-provoking. The ideas are simple - small acts that collectively add up to an enormous impact for the greater good. It's 144 pages with lots of illustrations - chocked full of big ideas.
Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Everyone has the power of greatness; not for fame, but greatness. Because greatness is determined by service.”
Also, today, I am pleased to offer you a way to get started with making every Monday matter, in honor of National Make a Difference Day, Sunday, October 25. The tip for week 41 is to use a re-usable shopping bag.
The next 500 orders of
Every Monday Matters will receive a free Simple Truths eco-shopping bag. By shopping with a reusable bag, you can use 1,000 fewer plastic or paper bags this year, especially shopping for groceries.
Click here for full details.
(Note: This promotion is available for US shipments only)
Live with Passion,
Mac Anderson
Founder, Simple Truths
Visit www.makeadifferenceday.com for more information about Make a Difference Day.


Kathy said...

Oh I just love Make a Difference Day!! It should be an everyday thing though. Sadly most people are too into themselves & their needs & wants to pay attention to society as a whole. I try each day to make a difference. Even if it's only a smile at a passer-by or sharing cookies with the neighbors, or being a Chemo Angel. I am definately interested in this book!! We certainly need more people who want to make a difference. Just by posting this you have made a difference!!

Rebecca said...

I have really noticed within the past year that smiling at someone really uplifts their day. When I am walking I cannot make out faces that I pass by. However, when I am working out on the leg machines at the gym all sorts all people walk by. When I smile at them (especially an older gentleman), the person becomes totally uplifted, smiles back, and even carries a bounce in their step. It is awesome!

It is fun to make people happy and cheer them up. It is a great feeling to help someone and a satisfaction to have made a contribution to the world. I really admire those who have gone all the way and are so passionate about their cause that they have traveled far from home to serve disadvantaged communities.

What is a chemo angel? Surprisingly I have never heard of one although I have been a cancer patient and have friends who have cancer.