Tiny Wisdom: You Make a Difference

“Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”  -William James

Last year, someone emailed me Seth Godin’s inspiring blog post You Matter. That one act made a huge difference in my day, so I’d like to build on that now.

  • When you show up for the people in your life, even though you’re having a hard day, you make a difference.
  • When you share what you’re dealing with, even though it makes you feel vulnerable, and help other people through your honesty, you make a difference.
  • When you practice what you preach, you make a difference.
  • When you honor your needs to create a sense of inner calm and well-being that permeates your interactions with others, you  make a difference.
  • When you cut yourself some slack so you can use your energy to love, create, and inspire, you make a difference.
  • When you give people the benefit of the doubt, you make a difference.
  • When you listen fully, instead of waiting to talk, you make a difference.
  • When you focus more on being kind than being right, you make a difference.
  • When you find beauty in the world around you and help other people see it, you make a difference.
  • When you realize that your everyday actions are your greatest legacy, you make a difference.

Photo by Brent 2.0

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • I needed this one. Having internal conflict over what I’m doing and if its right for me. Also, if I’m helping anyone in a significant way. Thanks Lori 🙂

  • :o) Thanks Lori, I absolutely agree.

    Over the past year I’ve often found myself numerous positions where I can help but sharing that it’s been me who has made a difference isn’t appropriate … that ability to know I’ve made a positive impact regardless of recognition is something that gives me an “internal smile”, that twinkle in the eyes.


  • Thanks! 🙂

    we make positive difference if we do everything with smile and love: it changes the day, inspires others and makes home/work and therefore also world for a better place to live 🙂

  • Thank you Thank you Thank you for this one! I needed it!

  • Michelle

    As usual, your timing is perfect.  Thank you!  Much needed.

  • Manricob

    Good to remember! thanks 🙂

  • You are most welcome. =)

  • You’re welcome, Michelle! I’m glad this came at a good time for you!

  • You’re welcome, Michelle! I’m glad this came at a good time for you!

  • You’re welcome!

  • You’re welcome!

  • While running 20km I came out with a phrase: “When you don’t eat meat, you make a difference”

  • Repost, repost, repost!!!  I always smile and feel such a sense of contentment when I read your tweets, blogs and all your sharing.  Thank you for being a blessing<3

  • You’re most welcome, Beverly. =)

  • Thank you Stevy. I love knowing Tiny Buddha makes a positive difference!

  • Lori, when you run a website that inspires, provides comfort, offers wisdom, and gathers community around wholesome ideas and intentions, you make a difference.

  • I got a little choked up reading this. Thanks so much, Kate. =)

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  • Benard Nyingi

    you keep my heart warm, every day i look a your words i begin to make change in my life. may God bless you so much, i was in a very hard situation i mean i was passing through very tough times in my life, and when i knew about this website which i was informed about by my friend,  now i see something good in my life am seeing a very bright future ahead of me

  • That’s so great to read, Bernard! I’m so happy this site has helped you. 🙂