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one person can make a difference


We all know one person can make a difference.  They are the people that go down in history for a great act, a great find, a great invention.  Some people set off to change the world.  But most of us don’t believe that we can make a difference.  We believe the ‘they’ that can make a difference but not the ‘you’ or ‘I’.

I definitely thought that way.  I would love to change the world, but my life has been much more changing of diapers and shuffling papers that the world seems pushed to the bottom.

Lately however I have come to understand just how much you and I can really make a difference.

Back when my family first started downsizing people questioned what we were doing and I just figured we would be the weird ones.  (and I was ok with that)   It has been crazy to see how things have changed over the past few years.  We are probably still seen as ‘the weird ones’ but people now talk about cutting back, getting rid of their clutter, or asking questions when we are around.  I don’t want to say I am changing minds but I would like to think it has given those around us another way to look at material things.   Just being asked about it is exciting to me.  We still have so much to learn but the fact that we can share what we have learned so far is awesome.

Starting the blog I hoped I could help and encourage others but the amount of people who have e-mailed me and told me how much I have inspired them is amazing to me.

Living different really makes a difference.  In a world where everyone is trying to fit in and conform to other’s idea of success most of us aren’t use to seeing anyone deviate from that.  When people deviate it catches our attention and gives us something to think about… and sometimes changes how we see life and our behaviors.

I am floored every time I talk to someone who has been influenced by the simple changes we have made.  I am nothing special and it doesn’t seem like what we are doing is that special.  If changes I make can influence and change thinking and behavior around me than you can have the same difference.   The difference doesn’t have to come from trying to convince other people either, it can just come from living your life.

I think it can sometimes feel discouraging to others if they don’t see their influence but whether you notice it or not you are making a difference.

Can I challenge you to make a difference today?

  1. You can make a simple living difference by choosing to declutter, downsize, not purchase, or cut back on schedules.
  2. You can make a difference for the environment by using re-usable water-bottles or other reusable packaging, picking up trash, buying things with less packaging and more.
  3. You can make a difference for food production and small business by what you purchase and what you ask your local stores to carry.
  4. You can make a difference in people’s attitudes around you based on how negative you are about situations.
  5. The power of encouragement and compliment is un-measurable.
  6. You can make a difference for charities by supporting them financially and even more by telling your friends.

Looking at this list, and so many more things I have missed, the power of one person to make a difference is huge and all with very little effort.

On this note, a totally shameless self-promotion, it is you sharing posts and telling others about about this site that makes the biggest difference for helping me promote the site.   If you like what you read and believe in the message I really appreciate it when you share. Thanks!


  1. Stephen Stephen

    Inspiring post!

    • thanks!

  2. This is a good post. People ought to think about not purchasing. I try it sometimes, and live with what I have, and it’s easier to take care of my stuff.

    • yes, what we choose to purchase and not purchase makes a huge difference 🙂

  3. It is so true… you never know if your behavior creates the critical mass to push the zeitgeist in a new direction. Do you know the book, “The Hundredth Monkey” by Ken Keyes. Tiny little book that you might find interesting.

    • thanks, I will have to look it up 🙂

  4. Laura Laura

    I have definitely “rubbed off” on people. My family often uses the phrase “That’s clutter(ed)” or “I don’t need that so I’m not going to get it”.

    I’m often mocked (playfully) by my family—-“That’s CLUTTER” but they are doing it themselves now!

    Yay for buying less!

    • yay!

  5. Lorilee,

    You are certainly making a big difference in many lives by writing so many inspiring posts about living a simple and fulfilling life.

    Thanks so much!

    • I am just shocked… if I can make a difference, anyone can 🙂

      • That’s the beauty of your influence, Lorilee! You are simply doing what God called you to do and He’s using you in ways that you don’t even realize. I read one time that the people making the most difference are the ones that aren’t aware of the impact they are making.

        • thanks Amy 🙂

  6. This is a great post, Lorilee. I’ve also been surprised at the way downsizing and simplifying life has snowballed in my own sphere of acquaintances. While I take no credit for the changes I see around me, I definitely sense that decluttering and living small/living responsibly is something that is taking hold in our society– especially among younger families like ours and yours. We simply made the jump to “crazy” before our friends did. 🙂 It is exciting and fun to be able to encourage others since we’re a little deeper in the minimalistic pool.

    • yes! I like the way you worded it. I don’t want to take credit, but it is fun to be living examples for the changing ideas in our society 🙂

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