Do little, rather than nothing

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I’ve written about this topic before: Positive community activism; Spineless inaction: the bystander effectYour positive imprint on mankind.

And I’m writing about it again, but I’m going to let Dr. Bernie S. Siegel be my mouthpiece on this one because he addresses the importance of making a difference in the lives of others in this excerpt from: 365 Prescriptions for the Soul. Here’s the selection verbatim:


Wave on sand 2It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little; do what you can. -Sydney Smith

Perhaps you have heard the story about the boy on the beach throwing washed-up sand dollars back into the water.  A man walks by and asks, “Why are you doing that?  There are thousands of them washed up.  You can’t make a difference.”

The boy picks one up and throws it back into the ocean, “I did for that one.”

Remember, by changing one life you change the world.  Every action has its effects.  So make a difference and help someone get back into the ocean of life.  You need not risk your life carrying them through the surf, but find out what they need to get back into the swim.  Then help them do it.

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    Patti Grunkemeier said:
    May 29, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Hello Irene!
    Thank you for your inspiring post!

    A short while back I stumbled upon your blog and I’ve been receiving your posts. Great job you are doing here!

    Searching your “about” I see where we live in the same area…I am in Snohomish. I’m very interested in connecting with other boomers who are interested in “social” causes and I would love to meet you personally if you are open to that. Perhaps over coffee?

    I’ve also been trying to get some sites set up on-line but it is taking me a very long time (started about 3 years ago but have encountered many “life interruptions!”). One of the sites I’m putting together (not done, so not “visible”) is an on-line magazine: However, I do have a facebook page associated with it:

    Another site I’ve just gotten to the point of being able to launch (though definitely still a work in progress) is

    I hope to be able to connect with you!

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    Jill Weatherholt said:
    May 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Oh, I love this Irene! Thank you!


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