Letter 3 - Make a Difference

Helen Keller said it best when she said,
I am only one, but I am still one.
I cannot do everything, but I can still do something.
Because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

Letter from the Director

About Making a Difference

I was in the audience for the Concerts at the Lake Sponsor Appreciation Night this past July when I heard our title sponsor Dr. Richard Kirkpatrick give a speech about making a difference. His words really struck a chord with me; so much so that I feel compelled to share them with all of you.

The message was simple, everyone can make difference in our community; whether it’s by volunteering with an organization, taking an active role in a service group, or even just cleaning up your own yard to help beautify your neighborhood.

That short little speech, only a minute or two long, reminded me that no matter how big or small the difference you make is… it’s still a difference. When we think about attempting to make a change it can be overwhelming, change is hard because it goes against the “but we’ve always done it that way” way of thinking. We sometimes forget the small daily differences, like making a goal of being the reason someone smiles each day, can add up to big differences.

Please know I am not suggesting you drop everything you are currently doing and come be a volunteer for Parks and Recreation, although we have some pretty amazing opportunities should you choose to spend your time with us. But I will say that everyone is born with the ability to make a difference in some way, shape, or form no matter how old or young or what abilities you possess. What I am asking is that you become part of the solution to create a healthier and happier community. Everything you do has an impact; even standing still and doing nothing still has an impact on something or someone. You have a choice when picking what kind of impact you want to make.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

What we need to remember is: the beauty about making a difference is you don’t need additional training or schooling and you don’t need to be rich, good-looking, or smart. All you need to do is decide that making a difference is a path you want to take and then take it.

It’s that simple. All you have to do is start.

Jennifer Wills
Director Longview Parks and Recreation
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