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   Originally published 10-4-10
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Tzvi Freeman, Book of Psalms, Mahatma Gandhi,
Marian Wright Edelman, Donald Grey Barnhouse


Dear Readers,

The greatest frustration a human being can experience, perhaps, is the feeling
that their existence has not made a difference in the world. Isn't it interesting:
that's a feeling unique to humans. Never met a lizard with aspirations, but if you
do, please enlighten me. Although few of us are destined to make headlines, we
all definitely impact this planet with our thoughts, our words, and our actions. It
appears that we were specifically designed to "make a difference," hopefully
for good. What we cannot allow ourselves to do is to judge if the difference we
make is important enough. Only our Creator is equipped for that. Always
remember, what may seem small to us may be huge in His eyes.

- Lisa

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Wake up the morning and tell the sun to rise!

...Decide what sort of day it will be and make it that.
Decide what sort of world you think it should be and make it that.
Decide what sort of person you wish to live inside and make
yourself that. Take the reins and run your own life!

Tzvi Freeman; based on the wisdom of
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Courtesy of


Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.

Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Psalm 98: 1-3
The Holy Bible
New International Version


Prayer from the heart can achieve
what nothing else can in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Indian political and spiritual leader

Paris, France gardens
Paris, France           Photo by Stephen Bowman  All rights reserved

We must not, in trying to think about how we can
make a difference, ignore the small daily differ-
ences we can make which, over time, add up to big
differences that we often cannot foresee.

Marian Wright Edelman (1939 - )
President and founder of Children's Defense Fund


All of you reading these words
have loved someone,
have done someone a kindness,
have healed a wound,
have taken on a challenge,
have created something beautiful,
and have enjoyed breathing the air of existence.
Every moment you make a difference.

From "Random Acts of Kindness"

The Last Word:

Love is the key. Joy is love singing.
Peace is love resting. Long-suffering
is love enduring. Kindness is love's
touch. Goodness is love's character.
Faithfulness is love's habit.
Gentleness is love's self-forgetfulness.
Self-control is love holding the reins.

Donald Grey Barnhouse (1895-1960)
American Christian pastor, radio pioneer, writer
































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

A good disposition is a virtue in itself,
and it is lasting; the burden of the years
cannot depress it, and love that is founded
on it endures to the end.

Ovid (43 BC - 17/18 AD)
Roman poet


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