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  •  Thanks for a great diary (3+ / 0-)
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    sberel, WNYmathGuy, BirderWitch

    I'm a strong believer that each of us have a power to make a difference.

    On the grand scale, it might not be much, but if I impact one individual to help them, that's still one more individual that I've been able to influence.

    I think too often we use the excuse that it's impossible to change. Or it's no use because the system is set up for failure.

    That may be, and there is no doubt that there are times of discouragement. But I also know that if you keep trying, the chances with each try means that the probability of some success no matter how small also increases.

    I like working with kids in my spare time, and I enjoy tutoring math to inner city kids. If I can make them believe in themselves, that math isn't hard, and that they can do it, it always fills me with satisfaction when I see the light bulb go on in their head, and they realize that they are able to do Math. That they can eventually solve any problem they come across.

    It may not be big, but it reinforces their "Hey I can do this" feeling, and that goes a long way toward meeting life's challenges.

    I think expectation wise, meaningful accomplishments can only come through hardwork, and that you tend to cherish your struggle that much more, because the resulting outcome is that much sweeter.

    Have I had set backs in trying to reach out? Of course I have, but I know that improving the lives of poor and inner city kids don't happen overnight, and I refuse to let someone bring me down with negative points that there are just too many to help.

    We may face a lot of problems, but if we sit around and say it's no use, then of course nothing will ever change.

    But if we continue to make progress, over time, we will be amazed at what we have changed.

    "Lead, follow, or get out of the way" - Thomas Paine

    by pinkbunny on Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 07:25:14 PM PDT

    •  Little differences & the mathematical derivative (3+ / 0-)
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      kurt, BirderWitch, pinkbunny

      I think you probably know this without me saying it but the little positive differences are very powerful.  In math the derivative seems like nothing; in fact it's the smallest thing possible that isn't nothing, but it fills the area under every curve.

      The small goods we do and those done to us are often unheralded and so go forgotten, but they are far from unsung.  It's only moments when you bump into a student years later and they reminisce about the past that you realize what you did.  It's enough to make anybody weep with joy.

      Empowering people is my favorite addiction; must be yours too.

      •  I loved the elegant way you phrased it!! (0+ / 0-)

        I think you probably know this without me saying it but the little positive differences are very powerful. In math the derivative seems like nothing; in fact it's the smallest thing possible that isn't nothing, but it fills the area under every curve.

        "Lead, follow, or get out of the way" - Thomas Paine

        by pinkbunny on Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 08:32:32 PM PDT

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