3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Dr. Jane Goodall–Making a Difference

I am happy and honoured to have been tagged by the the secret keeper  to participate in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge’. This is my third and final collection of quotes for the Challenge. Many thanks to the Secret Keeper for inviting me to participate.  Many of my readers will know of her blog:  a place of poetry, literature, reviews, humour, philosophy, photography, and amazing visual art.  You may also be fortunate to know of her, as I do, as a generous and thoughtful commentator.

The rules for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge:

1. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

2. Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything that inspires you… Which means, it can be from yourself, too!

3. On each of the three days, nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this mission impossible endeavor (if they dare!).

Today’s nominees:

Edwinas Episodes:  ‘A humorous look at the life of an everyday woman’

Karl’s Blog, Feelings from the Heart:  ‘Books, writing, fiction, blog, poems, poetry, inspiration.’

Lindylecoq:  ‘An exploration of human being after decades of human doing.’

And now, my response to the Challenge:

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.

 Dr. Jane Goodall.

Dr. Jane Goodall's 80th Birthday, by Steve Jurvetson
Dr. Jane Goodall’s 80th Birthday, Photo by Steve Jurvetson

Dr. Jane Goodall, in her eighties, author, primatologist, and anthropologist, is still going strong, making public appearances, speaking to inform and empower her audiences worldwide.  From her original work with chimpanzees in the sixties, she has branched out to being an advocate for humans and the environment, as well as endangered species. The  Jane Goodall Institute, established in 1977, aims to empower people ‘to make a difference for all living things’.

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. 

Dr. Jane Goodall

Some people may feel daunted by her assertion that everyone can make a difference.  I don’t think her message needs to be daunting. The idea is that if we keep our hearts and minds open to what is going on in the world, we can ‘step up’ when opportunities arise.  For example, making a difference might be voting in an election, participating in a recycling program (rather than opting out); turning off a light switch, etc.

 Small efforts require only two things:  mindfulness AND caring.

Making a difference, in my mind, starts at home: raising loving, responsible human beings; caring for the elderly; being a loving husband, wife, partner, or friend; and so on. Empowerment steps in to remind us that we can stay open to issues so pervasive that it feels impossible to make a difference.  These larger issues confront us every day in our homes, in our workplaces, in the way we travel,  in grocery stores and other places.

This is where it might be useful to look more closely at what Dr.Goodall has to say:

It is easy to be overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness as we look around the world.

We are losing species at a terrible rate, the balance of nature is disturbed, and we are destroying our beautiful planet.

We have fear about water supplies, where future energy will come from – and most recently the developed world has been mired in an economic crisis.

But in spite of all this I do have hope.


let’s move forward in this new millennium with hope, for without it all we can do is eat and drink the last of our resources as we watch our planet slowly die.

Let’s have faith in ourselves… And let’s do the work that needs to be done, with love and compassion.

From Jane’s Reasons for Hope

Hope is the key, for without hope there is apathy or feigned indifference. I believe that most people care, but when things seem hopeless, it’s easy to turn off.  My hope is that the words of Jane Goodall have strengthened your hope for the future.  To close, two more quotes:

The greatest danger to our future is apathy.


Only if we understand can we care.

Only if we care will we help. 

Only if we help shall all be saved.

Dr. Jane Goodall

5 thoughts on “3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Dr. Jane Goodall–Making a Difference

  1. Thank you the nice post and great reminder! in love with this quote now ‘Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.’ So positive and inspiring!

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  2. I noticed this was posted on Oct. 16 and I’m reading it on Oct. 22. The reason I’m mentioning this timeline is because I’m reading it with different eyes after the Oct.19th Canadian election results. “Without hope there is apathy… every individual makes a difference…” Individual Canadians certainly manifested the power of these words. Excellent post!

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