Friday Facts ~Making a Difference

Sri Lanka 1997

Years ago in the 90’s I went out for a time to Sri Lanka to help train machinists and resource training qualifications with various colleges departments out there.  This was to set up standards like  NVQ’s which stands for National Vocational Qualification, for the firm I worked for  which had  3 textiles factories out there.  I have never forgotten the wonderful people and their kindness, or the places of extreme poverty I witnessed first hand. or at the other end of the scale the lavish hospitality given to our party by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner of the time… or being introduced to Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranike  

Later I was saddened to learn also that some of those who worked in the factory I was involved with lost their lives in the Tsunami of 2004  Which over 40,000 people lost their lives.. and the places I was once stood were  deluged under the wave that swept ashore.           

While many companies exploit those who manufacture garments by cheap wages and terrible conditions  and we all have in our memories the awful building collapse in Bangladesh.  I can place my hand on heart to say the conditions within the Factory Site of our group was in fact better equipped than the factory in the UK and was a new modern building on an industrial site built for purpose.. The trend in the 90’s was to manufacture overseas and the resulting years now has seen the once thriving textile industry of the Midlands here in the UK become almost none existent as it profit margins could not be maintained paying good wages in the UK..  And while ever the demand for cheaper clothing continues then there will be those unscrupulous enough to cut yet another corner to further a larger share of profit.

So when you next buy your next item of clothing, just take a second or two to look inside the label and see where it was made.. And spare a thought for the long arduous hours in often poor conditions some of these clothes were made..

I also want to direct you to another Blogging friend I have had for several years her Blog is called  Sweetie’s Space, Nothing Else Matters  Sweetie, is from Belgium and she and her Husband do remarkable work going out there to help orphanages and schools in many different ways.. This lady is really making a difference to lives out there. And she is doing it through her own steam.. I hope you click the links and see what she has been up to this visit..

What can We do to make a difference?

It may only be a small thing such a smile, or giving up your seat on public transport for someone in more need . Or it may be you are already making a Difference..

It may be you just make someone laugh.. Laughter is such a healer and bringing joy and company to someone’s lonely day, it makes such a difference to those who sit within their four walls or within residential homes..  

You May rescue animals, or like doing charity work.. or just making that much needed donation.

Are you making a Difference? Please share your stories how you made a difference small or large..

Love and Blessings

~Sue~

 

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48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alex Jones
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 11:50:22

    You are right, small changes can make a big difference.

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  2. Visionkeeper
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 12:38:36

    Good one DW….So true. It is past time we pay close attention to EVERYTHING in our lives! Hope you had a great time at the ocean, then again maybe you are still there 🙂 If so, enjoy! Blessings and happy weekend….VK

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  3. Ruth Nina Welsh
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 13:12:51

    The thing is Sue, we are all making a difference every day, but what is the value of that difference, is it positive or negative? Your post is an excellent one. I hope that with my writing I can offer some help and hope. Much love to you for a good weekend. xx

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  4. prenin
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 13:34:33

    Hi hun! 🙂

    I’ve collected for charities, done voluntary work and just tried to be a decent human being.

    Needless to say I paid the price for being a good guy and these days I look after myself! 😦

    There are so many people who seem determined to rip down anyone who does good deeds that sometimes it is hard to keep trying… 😦

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 30, 2013 @ 13:33:31

      Its never selfish to look after oneself dear Prenin… for if we didnt then we could not look after anyone else… I think you have done remarkably well given the circumstances you have been through… And have a wonderful heart full of giving my friend.. 🙂 Enjoy your Sunday.. and its good to catch up here at last.. 🙂

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  5. Paul Handover
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 13:50:35

    You are making a difference, Sue.

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  6. pictimilitude
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 14:17:34

    Wonderful thoughts. 🙂 I went to the Philippines in 2005 and the one thing I remember most is the overall kindness of every Filipino I met. My life was changed after that trip. I hope you have a wonderful Friday!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 30, 2013 @ 13:30:49

      It was the smiles for me… the pure joy on peoples faces, seeing them so Happy with life, and yet they had so little in material wealth… We have much yet to learn through the eyes of others… Thank you Cyndi… I will be working my way around to you very soon… 🙂

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  7. SeaInTheAir
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 15:58:05

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts on this matter. I do think of the deplorable conditions people must work under and the low wages they make while the business owners’ reap much profit; but I will now take a moment and reflect on the individual(s). Not just the whole picture. It will be a humbling experience for me.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 30, 2013 @ 13:28:42

      Thank you for your kind comment SeainTheAir.. so nice to meet you.. And thank you for following 🙂 We each of us are on a journey of discovery….I hope you will enjoy discovering many topics here on Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary..
      Kind regards. Sue

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  8. penpusherpen
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 16:48:50

    A wonder-filled Friday Fact blog Sue, and yes making a difference truly does help others and help you too. The feeling of doing something that matters and counts towards others well-being is priceless, beyond anything we can imagine. Sweeti is and always will be a fantastic friend and someone who does so much to help others. so I’m not surprised by your link and glowing words, for I could not agree more. To end, as you mention, just by being a sharing and caring individual you make the World a better place, and as I’ve asked before, why chose to be any different? Who in their right minds would chose to look on this beautiful Earth of ours and spread negativity. Just beggars belief sometimes Sue. I give of my time as much as possible and donate too to many little charities, I’d hate to add up the total each month, suffice to say it’s money so well spent. Hope you’re enjoying your seashore break, and communing with the Ocean love and light my friend. xPenx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 30, 2013 @ 12:36:13

      Dear Pen, Yes how some individuals create mayhem does beggar belief.. There are still many pockets in the world where Fear Rules and yet I am more than certain that there are twice as many places where Kindness and caring is being poured out with selfless thought .. Its just a shame all we get to hear about are the Negative traits which Human kind seem to want to thrive off.. But I do live in hope dear Pen… We may not be able to change the whole world.. but we each can change our own actions within it to make it a better place…

      I really enjoyed my break away Pen.. Just what the Dr ordered! LOL as the saying goes.. 🙂

      Big hugs back… Sue xxx

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  9. Red
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 17:37:23

    I wake up and find a way to MAD every single day. I consider it a duty.

    You make a difference for me. ❤ xxx

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  10. ruchira
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 18:40:02

    I agree Sue. With many things being imported, we gotta feel for those people who made that product by not just appreciating the product but also the hard work and sweat that went into it.

    Making a difference each day, will help us be modest under all scenarios.

    I try to make a difference in my day by sending out PE to all in need and ailing.

    Happy Friday, Sue

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 30, 2013 @ 12:08:36

      Energy work within our thoughts often goes unnoticed. And yet our healing thoughts of love and care go along way at helping bring balance and peace in our world… I so wish many more were like you Richira.. You care an enormous amount and your Mantra’s bring much needed healing to our world. Thank you 🙂

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  11. aussieian2011
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 05:52:50

    Great blog Sue, sad to visit impoverished countrys and see the working conditions they toil under, my little bit of help was a radio reader for the blind and then delivering meals on wheels to the elderly, there are a lot of wonderful volunteers in our world who give without recognition.
    Ian

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 30, 2013 @ 12:00:42

      I remember well your wonderful DJ work Ian, and other things you have had to do throughout your life. You have indeed given much… Many thanks for adding your thoughts here Ian,.. And for making life brighter for those around you.. 🙂 ~Sue

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  12. Debaroon
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 09:32:02

    Thank You Sue for showing us a way full, so true, packed with virtue…God Bless:)

    Deb

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  13. giselzitrone
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 11:53:30

    Hallo liebe Sue ein sehr guter Bericht,ich werde immer meinen Sitzplatz anbieten wenn einer ihn nötiger brauche als ich,das habe ich schon als Kind gehlert.Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Tag und ein glückliches Wochenende.Gruß und Freundschaft Gislinde

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 30, 2013 @ 11:32:17

      Liebe Gislinde, ja wir als Kinder lernten, unsere Ältesten zu respektieren, und ich danke meinem lieben Freund für Ihre anhaltende Unterstützung immer hier bei Traumwandlers die habe ich jetzt wieder aus meinem Urlaub und werden ihn mit dir 🙂 Liebe Sue xx

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  14. chicasl10
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 16:24:13

    Tx so much Sue
    Now we are back in Belgium In the south west of Sl was a cycloon and we were in the middle of that.
    We never had such an experience before. I cant say how that felt.
    But the day after we knew what happened.
    A lot of fishermen died while they wanted to get to the shore in early morning
    more then 50 fishermen died and still a lot are missing
    Since tsunami they had no cyloon like this
    Sri Lanka is a 3 rd world country and now with the fact that so many european countries are in crisis there are not that many tourists and as so many have to live of tourisme its badder then bad now.
    unemployed ppl everywhere.
    What can we do?

    And abt the clothes I agree with u.
    Sue i wish u a wonderful sunday and we hope for a bit Sunshine.
    Even in sri Lanka it was bad weather.
    Huggy
    MJ

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 30, 2013 @ 11:10:06

      Hi MJ, so sad to hear that news of the cyclone out there and the loss of life.. I imagine many tourist places are now suffering more than most as people tighten their belts. The weather is changing more rapidly now in many countries and people are experiencing the extremes of High temperatures and Cold… along with the extremes of Draught and Floods..
      Big hug to you and to all you do..
      Love Sue xx

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  15. jacksjottings
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 06:51:02

    Nice one Sue, I do not do muck except to spread the epidemic. 😉 I love that little poem.

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  16. Ajaytao2010
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 12:17:12

    Nice reading about you Sue

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

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  17. Eddie Two Hawks
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 12:24:36

    Hearing your thoughts on these matters is sobering. Life presents many challenges to many peoples on our Mother Earth. For many struggle is a daily routine. Thank you Sue for your compassionate words of kindness. May they be heard throughout the world. with love and prayers in my heart, Eddie

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 30, 2013 @ 12:55:11

      Thank you Eddie, Yes life for many is a struggle as you say.. Each of us have chosen whether we realise it or not to be upon our own particular pathway as we grow and expand our awareness through the experiences in Life… I am not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, But I am Richer by far for my experiences.. And seeing the poverty of these people first hand as this was my first glimpse if you will close up of Poverty close hand.. I know how hard these people work for so little.. And yet the divide is still so great, from those who have everything to those who have nothing..
      Many thanks Eddie for your own kind regards… I
      Blessings ~Dreamwalker 🙂

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  18. Aneesh
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 16:38:56

    Firstly , As always a great article….

    Yes i do remember the tsunami…. i was very far from the attacked areas but it was crazy…. now the tragedy in Uttarkhand…. hope all’s gonna be well soon….

    I always try to get smile on everyones faces… and always hope i am contagious on that matter…

    you made me remember my trip of two years back… I was walking towards the temple and a kid came by and started trying to sell a guide book for ten bucks… he was maybe 5 or 6 years old… I asked him dont u go to school… he said he goes every now and then but not always.. He had to earn somedays as his mom cant make money always…

    I bought all the books he had and gave all the money I had with me around 300 bucks… Gave him a long advice to study of which i have no idea how much he heard…. As i moved ahead there were lot more kids….

    Thank you for sharing the thought…keep smiling and take care… 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 30, 2013 @ 19:21:05

      What a wonderful soul you are Aneesh… thank you for sharing that wonderful act of kindness you did… Lets hope he took your advice!… I hadnt heard here of the floods in the place of Uttarkhand.. There has been nothing here on the news hubby says.. But having just come back from a short break vacation I have not watched TV…

      Thank you Aneesh for your comment and contribution 🙂 Blessings sent your way..
      Sue

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  19. Kenny2dogs
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 13:17:28

    Welcome home Sue. I would love to make a difference. But do I dare disturb the Universe x

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  20. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Jul 12, 2013 @ 12:56:39

    This is beautiful, Sue. I didn’t know you had done such travel and helped in the world so much. This is just beautiful. Bless you 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:10:52

      I don’t know about helping the world.. maybe a little section within my world at the time Noeleen.. I try to give out that which I would like to receive ..Being there was part of my job, but it opened my eyes to how so many have so little and yet they share what little they have with a smile.. That is for me what we have forgotten how to do.. Share…. and Smile…… xxx

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