It’s been said that “parting is such sweet sorrow” (Shakespeare). For me, this is especially true with those things in which I enjoy most – books!

Being a bookworm my ideal situation consists of a hot cup of coffee, a good read, and an open calendar on a rainy day. To me, there's nothing more than getting lost in the prolific pages of a prodigious paperback (say that three times as fast).

Recently, I’ve become the Guinea pig in a social experiment initiated by my friend over social media. Though less like a lab animal but more like a willing participant I indulged in this book-loving social experiment which asks that you buy your favorite book and send it to a complete stranger whose name and address will be provided by the initiator.

Only one book will be sent to one person. However, the number of books I will receive depends on how many participants there are in this exercise. The books that will show up at my door, the experiment promises, are the other people’s much-loved stories.

So, the book I have chosen to share is one that has positively impacted my life and one in which I have read cover to cover. It’s called “The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset” by the man who put the ‘leader’ in leadership John C. Maxwell.

In addition to a short handwritten letter to the recipient tucked neatly into the pages of this hardcover I decided it was time to part with yet another treasure that I have held on to for long enough and felt it was time to allow it to inspire another.

Over a decade ago while visiting the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh I came across an exhibit that would change the way I viewed the world. Against the wall, there was a small wood structure with what seemed like hundreds of tiny holes drilled into it. Each hole held a thin yellow ribbon which contained the heartfelt wishes of young children from the area imprinted on them. But before you could take a ribbon from the board, you had to write down your greatest wish on a piece of paper and insert it into the now vacant hole.

While I don’t remember exactly what I wrote and left behind that day, I do remember the yellow ribbon I claimed that made a world of difference in my life. It read: “I WISH I COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD”.

This powerful request from someone whom I have never met and which I had kept in my Bible for years since then has become a daily reminder for me to not only accomplish this in my own life but to also see this young person’s wish fulfilled. Writing was a way that I could ensure this was carried out and one in which I believe does make a difference in the lives of those who read my blogs.

And so while I part today with a few of my favorite things my prayer for the next recipient who now holds these in her own hands is that she will become inspired to accomplish the same in her world as well.

Run to win,



Published by Dennis Miranda