What does Be the Difference mean to you?
Stampin' Up!'s mission statement, called its Statement of the Heart, reads: "To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference." Through the Making a Difference program, Stampin' Up! partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2003. Each year, they design an exclusive stamp set to promote the partnership with RMHC, and donate a portion of the proceeds from the each sale of that set. We received the "Tag It" stamp set this year at convention and I will be sharing cards made with this set soon. It is a great one and by purchasing it, YOU will be making a difference!! One stamp set can make all the difference. When you purchase the Tag It Stamp Set, Stampin' Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The set is complete with decorative tag images for six different occasions AND the Tag It set coordinates with the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies.
Here is a wonderful video made by Stampin' Up on being and making a difference. The lady at the very beginning is Susy Miller who received the Statement of the Heart award this year. This wonderful inspirational lady now has ALS and is in a wheelchair unable to stamp anymore but she has made a difference in all our lives by being an inspiration.
In researching this topic, I came across some good ideas on being the difference. I love these images and maybe I'll try to do the first one with MDS one day.
Are you ready to make a difference in someone's life? Seize the day and make the most of every opportunity. Be proactive and make a difference today. You can help someone in need or volunteer your time for a worthy cause. Be an encouragement to someone who's in need of a friend. Give a hug to someone who's hurting. Use your imagination and make a difference today.
Here are a few quotes that would be great to use in a letter, a note or an email. Use one of them today!
--John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
"You're the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it."
--Earvin Magic Johnson
"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world."
I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring: all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
"Often we set out to make a difference in the lives of others only to discover we have made a difference in our own."
"It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference."
"It's not what happens to you...it's what you do about it that makes the difference."
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light."
--Norman B. Rice
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."