Friday, March 9, 2007


Today's Quote from A Fancy Word for Simple:

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

I find this to be so very true. And the thing I find interesting is that it is rare that I hear someone say "I don't feel like I'm making enough of a difference," but it is highly common that I hear "I don't feel like I'm making enough money." And ... if one projects forward and thinks about the end of one's life, I think that it'd be much more likely to be sad about not making enough of a difference. What is it about the "daily grind" that makes so many of us lose sight of the big picture? We have brains that are so much more evolved than animals', you'd think we'd use them more often! I try very hard to keep things in perspective, and worry less about the money coming in ... and more about whether or not my life is one where I feel I have "enough." Enough to survive, certainly, but also enough to be proud of, enough to feel like I am contributing, and enough to enrich others lives. How much is enough? Only I can answer that question!


Barb said...

Um. I comment all the time about money and hardly ever about making a difference. But, when I step back and look at it--I do make a difference. Just in little ways. I need to be less critical about myself in that respect.

Mel said...

I drifted half way through this post and started to 'hang the mirror'.
Not a bad thing for me--absolutely required, truth be told.

I was going to 'rest on my laurels' and back it up with a simple "I don't bother to open my payroll envelope."
Hardly a testimony to 'making a difference', huh?

And now I can go back to read the post in its entirety.

toos said...

That's what made me want to leave the bank - it felt like I was part of a machine that was decidedly not making the world a better place. Now we have half the income but more happiness - and more time to make a difference! :)