I can’t possibly make a difference…

Well, I was just thinking. We always talk about how we ARE the difference… and how we’re going to change things, and for awhile, I was convinced.

I’ve been spreading the word about our nation wide trip, encouraged by people approaching me, asking questions. Until today, when someone came up to me and said, “Thats a stupid idea. Even if you can get 200 youth down there, think of how many youth are in this city, state, country, the world… 200 is NOTHING…” I realized he was right. The world is huge…. There is no way that one person can directly influence every person in the world…. And then I read this…

One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald spring
One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom
One step must start each journey
One word must start a prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show you care
One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what is true
One Life can make a difference

When I read this, it made me realize that it’s definately true that we cannot fix everything, no matter how much we want to, its not possible to fix the world. Baby steps are needed. Caring is like a chain reaction… Interacting with a caring person strikes something inside them that makes them care… and hopefully the chain continues. Eventually every person could care. Indirectly, we have the power to influence everyone in the world


Caring is something that everyone is capable of, the only thing that can cause a change in this screwed up world we live in now.  It is through caring that people feel the need for compassion, love, and understanding….So no matter WHO it is you come in contact with, care for them. They will return the favor, maybe not to you, but to someone else, so that caring may spread across the world and begin change.

I know not many people will read this… but I’ve decided I’m going to blog anyway. I think it is important.



  Danny Kim wrote @

thanks Lori keep on writing peoples! The thing about the most unlikely happenings is that there is still a chance that it can happen. don’t let practicality and logical thinking stop you from going beyond the limits of possibility. 200 may be nothing but we can be an example to others who will want to follow and pay it forward themselves.

  ststephenseyc wrote @

that is exactly the chain reaction I am talking about… if we can reach 200 people, they will share their experiences with others and more and more people will hear about and be influenced by what WE DO and HOW WE TREAT PEOPLE…. that was my exact point.

Even if we can’t directly help every single person, we have the ability to INDIRECTLY influence every person in this world.

  ststephenseyc wrote @

Lori you have an amazing mind! I absolutely love your blogs, and agree with them too.

And also, I hear where you are coming from, by the fact that we cannot have everybody, but like Ben kinda said, it doesn’t matter how many people we have down there, or even up here in Seattle helping, they will tell their friends, they will tell their friends, etc. Eventually TONS of extra people will know about it. People will come across our blog site. People will read about it, hear about it, etc. Eventually those people who have heard about it will share it with others. It may not seem like we are making a huge difference, but in reality, many more people know about his than we are aware of and our story can inspire those people to do the same. They don’t have to be inspired and set up a thing like out thing, but they can be inspired in ways that make them do something like pick up something that somebody dropped or do other good deeds like that.

Take care,

  Lori wrote @

YAY! im glad I can be ben’s muse in a non-creepy way of course…haha….

its secretly what I strive for hahaha

  ststephenseyc wrote @

Um, it’s Colleen again, all I wanted to say this time, it What were you doing at 4 30 in the morning writing this blog?????? Oh well, if you read this tonight, then I will see you tomarrow at whirrly ball!

  Lori wrote @

haha the time on this thing is off… its says you posted your comment at 5:31 am haha 🙂 so yeah… I’ll be there tomorrow 🙂

  Kari wrote @

Lori – Love your blog about what one “thing” can do – especially the line that one life can make a difference! Don’t forget that… keep that thought with you at all times. Keep it in a place where you can grab it at a moment’s notice and hold onto it – you are going to need it more times in your life than you think!

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