Can you make a difference in your community?  It’s important for all of us to believe that we can make a positive difference in the  community we live in and beyond.

If you look behind you as you walk on the beach you will see footprints in the sand, telling evidence of where you have been. If you think about it, that is no different from every other step we take in our lives, with every step leaving a mark of where we have been. This mark can be directly on the ground, or indirectly by the influences of future impact from our contact and experiences with other people, plants, environment and animals. Every action has a consequence.

What can we do to make a difference? We can volunteer to support a good cause, we can donate to charity, we can tread lightly on the planet Earth, we can reduce/reuse/recycle, we can spay and neuter our pets, we can create art, we can read to a child, we can plant a tree or a garden, we can pick up litter, we can practice random acts of kindness, we can help a friend, we can be polite, we can say thank you, we can respect our elders, we can smile more … The list is long and if we choose we can always find another thing to add to it.

Our steps in life should be deliberate with the intention that the consequences will be positive. Surprisingly we have a choice and if we make good ones then we can make a difference and every little bit matters.

“To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded”― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Donald R. Dexter, Jr., DMD