It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference – Tom Brokaw

I keep thinking about what I am going to do when I’m ‘unemployed’, so much so that this weekend I have been busily trying to stop myself thinking about what I am going to do when I am unemployed. I cleaned the fridge, bathed the dog, attempted to giver her a hair cut, mopped the floor, washed clothes, swept, cleaned the stove, rearranged stuff…

I was asked ‘the question’ so many times on Friday night…and I provided an array of answers:

Let Sleeping Children Lie

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‘I’m taking some time off.’

‘I’m going to sleep.’

‘I’m cleaning the house.’

‘I’m going to write…lots.’

‘I’m hanging with my dog.’

‘I’m spending time with family.’

‘I’ll start my book.’

‘I’ll work out whether I change careers, or not.’

‘I don’t know. I don’t want to rush into anything.’

‘I’ll decide on my month off.’

They are all fairly airy fairy answers, and they possibly didn’t provide many people with a feeling of assurance. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I know what I want, what I don’t want, what is important, and what isn’t.

What is important is my health, my friends, my family, and my happiness. What isn’t is everything that gets in the way of that. 

And what I want? It’s to make a difference. Unfortunately, if I tell certain people that they just scoff. So, instead of telling, I’ll just go ahead and do it anyway.

Stay tuned for the start of ‘The Beauty of Difference‘ series, kicking off on Reflections From a Red Head on 1 September 2011.


“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama XIV

Ochlerotatus notoscriptus, Tasmania, Australia

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How this quote amuses me so.

I found this quote last weekend during a good old Google search. I was all inspired after hearing the Dalai Lama speak, live and in the flesh in Perth, and wanted to read more on his thoughts (I would have bought a book but the queues at the venue were incredible – a true test of patience of which I bowed out of due to the somewhat aggressive nature of the people in the queue…the irony). 

The Dalai Lama certainly does come out with some gems, and I love it even moreso when he follows what he says with his little chuckle. I can just imagine it now – being questioned by an audience about making a difference, and coming out with the one liner – “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito hehehehe” and the audience chuckling with him, whilst nodding in agreement at the same time.

And I tell you this now – my partner can profess to the difference a mosquito can make. They certainly know how to, especially at night when he is trying to go to sleep. It can be quite funny, until he gets the insect spray out that is.


Changing the world one action at a time

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Burke

I used to be this very person. I thought if I couldn’t ‘change the world’ by doing something BIG then why bother doing anything at all.

It was then I realised the importance of those little things, because all of those little things add up. And imagine – if everyone in the world did ONE little thing to make a difference – be it smile at an elderly person, saying hi to the person walking towards you on the street, donating a couple of hours of your month to a cause, calling your Mum, not joining work colleagues in a daily bitch session, donating a few dollars, recycling, practising patience when you drive, the list goes on. Just imagine what the world could be like.