What Footprints Are You Leaving in the Sand?

We Make a Life“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill

Our lives are so busy, there is always so much going on. It seems though, that no matter how much time we spend working, there’s always more to do.

Well, then the inverse must be true as well… As long as we are working with focus and purpose, the job will get done and how we spend our time is a choice.

While it’s important to set goals, have focus and vision, and believe in your dream… it’s also important that you live your life’s purpose and make a positive difference in this world of ours.

There is a saying in Hebrew which translates to, “The biggest good deed you can do in this world is to be happy!”

When we are happy we:

  • Have a sense of well-being
  • Have a sense of peace
  • Bring joy to those around us

What can you do to bring more happiness into your life, and thus the life of others?

I read an article last year which discussed the “power of giving” and “being of help to others” and how the act of giving has a significantly positive effect on the GIVER! They’ve done studies and have found that there is an actual positive hormonal impact that occurs when a person does something for someone.

With this in mind, I’d like to encourage you to give thought to what you can do to “give” to others? Don’t do it from the place of what you’ll receive in return or the positive effects will be diminished. Instead, find ways to give…

  • To your family
  • To people in need
  • To animals in shelters
  • and to…

And in the process, find joy in the simple act of giving.

As authors, one way we give is by sharing our message with the world; in the form of our books, courses, lectures, and programs. When you share the message of your book with others, in these ways and more, you are lifting the words of your book off of the page and allowing them to become more accessible to others.

Think of the ways your book can have a positive impact in this world and then go out and find ways to share it with the world!

Question… What are some ways that you, can “make a life by what you give?” Scroll down to share your thoughts and join in the conversation.


  1. Gai says:

    This is a very inspiring blog post. i am not an author but virtual assistant to my husband who is a fiction author. Until recently, I thought that his contribution to other people’s lives was not as important as that of many nonfiction authors. And then I was listening to D’vorah answer a question on one of the webinars for the email list building course. She gave such a lovely response about the value of fiction to her well-being. So I am now even more committed to helping him get published and found. D’vorah spoke about fiction as enriching one’s life, taking you on a little journey, allowing you to relax and stopping you from being a worka holic. Thank you, D’vorah for being such an inspiration to nonfiction and fiction authors alike.

  2. D’vorah, Thanks for such a thoughtful post. I have published 8 self help books. Shortly after my first book was released, 27 years ago, there was a call on my answering machine from someone I did not know. It said “Thank you, reading your book changed my life.” I was hooked!!! That book contained little known information about a form of inner child work my husband and I developed that I felt compelled to share with the world. My 8th and latest book is getting similar responses in the few weeks it has been available. “Letting It Go: Relieve Anxiety and Toxic Stress in Just a Few Minutes Using Only Words (Rapid Relief with Logosynthesis®)” is now available. My author’s page on Amazon is http://www.BooksByLaurie.com

  3. Virginia Reeves says:

    My goal is to combine my series of short read eBooks on Kindle (Permission Granted Today) into larger books for CreateSpace or other entity with the purpose of finding a sponsor to fund these so we can ship them to prisons, half-way houses, other at-risk groups, as well as community groups who encourage personal development. If anyone else is interested, please let me know; we could have a few authors in on this project to attract bigger sponsorship.

  4. azalearning says:

    I’m working on a coaching series to focus on managing energy, mainly by aligning what we do with our values and letting go of those things that do no contribute to that sense of fulfillment. I work to help people gain insight into themselves and into working better with those around them. I get paid so that I can do this, not the other way around.

  5. My goal is to support medical students worldwide in their efforts to understand and keep up with the changes in medical science. Students in the United States struggle hard to understand this material. But, students in third world countries have even less access to the information they need to be good doctors and nurses. The internet and independent publishing offers me an opportunity to be a mentor to future medical care professionals globally.

  6. Kay says:

    D’vorah, your post made me think again about “what you can do to ‘give’ to others” because as a book marketing pro I feel like all I do is give. Thinking through your post, I could see better that I am giving to myself at the same time I give so much free time and effort to others even though I wish I were on the receiving end! Thanks!

  7. Thank you, D’Vorah. As a giver, I find it hard to receive, but recently, and at 67 I finally hired a personal trainer for myself. She came to me home and gave me her undivided attention and set me up with a routine that works for me. We are a good match and after two sessions I feel great about what we give – to each other. In giving of ourselves, we also share connection, respect, listening, hearing, understanding and our time. I could hire her expertise from any number of people, but who she is cannot be replaced and I’m glad she shares her authentic self with me.
    It’s written “Give and you shall receive…..” I think we forget that sometimes the best gift we can give someone is to ask for help. When we humble ouselves, risk and ask, we provide opportunity for the “other giver” to receive a blessing.

  8. I took part in a 5K Run/Walk today, pushing my 101-year-old mother in her transport chair. I wanted to move past the self-imposed limitations I felt being her sole caregiver, both in the “real world” and in my business. I was surprised at the positive reactions from participants and organizers (they’re going to expand the age categories next year). I learned that by challenging myself I can inspire others and make a difference. My next step is to implement these principles in preparing my online Bible studies and training materials for aspiring authors.

  9. Kay Whitehead says:

    I worked in Hospice care for almost 25 years and now in private practice as a psychotherapist working with adults who have experienced complicated grief and traumatic loss. One might say I have “given” throughout all my career, but the truth is I have been “given to.” As a result, I want to help others understand the current trends in grief counseling, the paradigm shifts that have occured, and where this work is headed. This will ultimately help the bereaved recieve more of the right kind of support, at the right time, and those who support them won’t cause more grief due to relying on old paradigms that don’t work. The book is yet to be written, but the intentions are compassionately held. This is thanks to hundreds of teachers along the way who continue to teach me to live one day at a time.

  10. Thank you, D’vorah, for another thought-stimulating post. As I see it, the key themes you mentioned – happiness, a sense of peace and wellbeing, and service to others – are inextricably linked. In that regard, I try to live my life as a walking prayer, ever mindful that each waking moment poses the opportunity to choose between indifference and kindness, selfishness and generosity, fear and love. My intention is to always choose well; I don’t always succeed.

    Whereas I wholeheartedly support the idea of doing benevolent deeds for others, in the same breath I’d offer a minor caveat: For those of us who work in a helping, healing or service capacity, have codependent tendencies, and/or were raised in a religious tradition that taught us our self-worth is directly proportional to how much we do for others (and it’s noble to suffer a bit in the process), “the act of giving” comes with a panoply of challenges. I suspect many of your community members would identify as being the “go-to person” friends and loved ones turn to when in need or in crisis. To those goodhearted souls who find an endless array of requests for help landing at their doorstep, I’d offer an ancient maxim as a valuable touchstone: Charity begins at home.

    I believe unconditional kindness, universally extended, could transform this world into virtual paradise. Most people are quick to cite “love” as the greatest healing force in the world; I don’t disagree. But asking for a universal application of love at a time when the world seems (at least by all outward appearances) to have gone mad, may be asking too much. Kindness as a standalone healing salve, on the other hand, exceeds love in that we don’t need to “care” about the person we’re extending it to – we need merely to respect life and the living.

    I live in a city where folks are not known for their kindness. Nonetheless I make it my business to do daily acts of kindness that take practically no time or effort. So I routinely hold the door for strangers, offer my seat to fellow passengers, and anytime I come upon a mother and child, compliment her on the beauty of her baby (notwithstanding that famous Seinfeld episode, I’ve yet to meet a baby that isn’t beautiful).

    With gratitude and respect,
    Ed Franco

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