"One person can make a difference, and everyone should try." —John F. Kennedy
Making a difference seems so glorious but unreachable most days. Even the words “make a difference” sound absurd sometimes. How many times have you wondered about making a difference in life? What would it feel like? How would I make a difference? If I won the lottery, how would I use it to make a difference and how many ways could I make a difference? If I could change the world, where would I start?
But then those nagging thoughts happen, “I can’t make a difference,” “I’ll never win the lottery,” or “I’m just one person and that’s not enough to matter.” Then we read John F. Kennedy’s words. We see that this quote means that we can stop asking, “Can I make a difference?” and start stating, “I’m going to make a difference.” It means the nagging inner narrative can stop lying to us because no matter who we are, where we are from, how much money we do or don’t have… we are all difference makers and all it takes to make that real is to TRY. One person (you) can make a difference. All you have to do is try.
Sarah Deats is a Behavioral Health Technician at RI International and the Hope Inc. Stories Inspiration Engineer.