Make a difference, and do a bit more!

It was the American cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead who said:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

On Saturday I had the very enjoyable duty of speaking at the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) Northern Area Partnership meeting at Brighouse, West Yorkshire. 

My talk was all about the difference that having the habit of a positive mental attitude can make.  I had many people in the audience nodding along in agreement and several commented afterwards that it was just what they needed to hear on that morning.  For my part that was all I needed to hear.

A little while after I had taken my seat the speaker was Peter Cheese – the CEO of the CIPD.  For most in the room it was the first time they had had the opportunity to meet their leader in person. Peter gave an inspiring and accomplished speech.  Several times he thanked those present for the excellent work that they do for the good of the membership of the organisation – week in and week out – as volunteers.  

Small groups of hard working, good people all up and down the country giving up their spare time to do their bit and in turn making a positive difference.
I, like most of the people I know, have a very full and busy life.  But you know events like the one on Saturday always encourage me to think about doing a bit more.