We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
A lot of people want to make a difference with their lives and feel inadequate if their work seems to be ordinary. Actually we make a huge difference by just deciding to be open, kind and generous in all our dealings.
Meditation helps us with such a commitment because through meditation we relax our defenses and are less likely to view others as hostile or, at the very least, unhelpful. We see that others are full, complex, complete human beings just like us. That makes it much more likely that we will approach others with compassion and lovingkindness.