My Impact on the World

40 Questions We’re Afraid to Ask – #7

What impact would I like to have on the world?What impact would I like to have on the world?

You might think that’s pretty heavy-duty. But is it really?

Making an impact on the world doesn’t have to mean leaving some hugely significant legacy behind after you leave this planet. It may mean you have, in some small way, made one other individual’s life better — even if it’s just for one day or for the moment.

There is a theory that each of us is just six or fewer steps (or degrees) away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world.

Six degrees of separationWhat if you were to do something today — perhaps right this moment — that were to have a positive impact on the life of someone you know, or maybe on the life of a perfect stranger with whom you happen to come into contact?

Perhaps you have an idea that could help relieve someone’s homeless situation, if only temporarily.

Maybe you’re raising a child to be the best person he or she can be.

What if you were to give that shabbily dressed man on the corner a five-dollar bill and a smile instead of turning away and speeding through the light as soon as it turns green?

What if you offered to mow your elderly next door neighbor’s yard this weekend instead of complaining about how bad it’s making the neighborhood look?

How might you interact next time with that stressed-out mother in line ahead of you at the grocery store or her pouting child in the cart?  A simple smile can sometimes work wonders.

In what way might you respond to that co-worker who is obviously having a really bad day and is complaining about everything and everybody?

What impact might your treatment of and interaction with another person sometime today have on the way they, in turn, interact with and treat another individual later today.

How might a little random act of kindness affect the world around you . . . right where you are?

What was that I said about six degrees?

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