Without working very hard, I can think of at least ten things that I’ve considered recently that make no difference whatsoever, to the course of my life or to the rest of the world. Here are a few examples. A few minutes ago, our Amazon Alexa blessed us with a song by Elton John that we hear almost every day that we hear from Alexa. I don’t have anything plus or minus about Elton John but  I don’t like hearing songs over and over.

Another one is this. It perturbs me to see writing, either as captions or in posts I see on social media, that confuses your and you’re. You’re is the contraction of you and are, not something that belongs to you. The same can be said about their and there, too and two, and saying “her and I” instead of “she and I.” Issues about grammar and spelling belong to me, both personally and professionally. But that doesn’t mean that they have any importance to those around me.

My dad often remarked, “What difference does it make?” when we discussed any number of subjects. And at this point in my life, I’m beginning to believe that those items that I thought made a difference really don’t. Our lives are in no way impacted by the way that my husband pronounces the word “Jemez.” Along that path, if it annoys me, I need to fix it.

And so I suggest that most of us are bothered by those things that make no difference whatsoever. Family matters. Respect matters. Education matters. Memories matter. And treating each other with kindness matters, even when it’s extremely difficult to do so.

As always, this forum is my way of expressing feelings and preferences. This blog is no different from any others that described similar concepts. If you agree with me, that’s fine. If you don’t, that’s up to you. In the long and short perspective, it really doesn’t make any difference. Shalom.

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