Wednesday, November 25, 2009

10 simple ways to mark a difference

As pondering on this post, I can't help but to complicate things... Urrgh! and all the more I complicate, all the more I can't contribute... So frustrating!

Until finally, I came to admit making excuses to justify my irresolute effort to change.

Here are my best shots for now. Read at your own risk!

1. Smile
"It takes 26 muscles to smile, and 62 muscles to frown." - Anonymous
So why make it hard for yourself? Unless you want to look older than your age :P

2. Read a book
"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." - Mark Twain
Reading books broadens not only our intellectual and imaginative world but opens our heart and mind for a greater vision.

3. Thank people
“Every time we remember to say “thank you”, we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.” - Sarah Ban Breathnach
Thank someone who opens the door for you, who extends a hand for your jeepney fare, the cashier who punched your grocery items, the operator who assist your call, your teacher who had been patient to teach your ABC... surely this list grows because there are a lot of people whom we should give thanks.

4. Make an A.R.K. (act of random kindness)
"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." - Unknown
Making an impact does not require spectacular achievement or selfless sacrifice, oftentimes a simple act of random kindness a day is enough.

5. Encourage a friend
“If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.” - Proverbs

6. Help a stanger
"Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others. " - Danny Thomas

7. Vote
"The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear." - John F. Kennedy
A person who did not cast his vote during the election has no right to cast his complaint. Period.

8. Share a thought
”Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. “ - Anonymous
Journal your experiences, express yourself, twit or plurk, start your own blog.

9. Learn new things
"Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Gandhi
Study new language, learn a new recipe, engage in new sport, join an organization that fits you, visit a place you've never been to, try an exotic cuisine...

10. Start today
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." - Anonymous
This time is always the right time to do the right thing and make a difference.

Here are but simple ways which ordinary people can do to exceed beyond life's mediocrity.

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