A chance to make a difference
I guess that’s all I ask
To leave my mark on the world
With ever deed and task

So much goes unnoticed
Yet it’s the little things in life
To humbly enjoy victory
Or move on in times of strife

Did I make a difference
Only you would know for sure
Sometimes it is the smallest things
That truly do endure

If you want to make a difference
Don’t wait – just do it now
You never want to miss a chance
To turn thing upside down


Make a Difference was written for the family of Cpl. Ryan D. Collins, US Army who was KIA on May 19, 2007.  Ryan was 20 years old at the time he was killed.  He was from Vernon, Texas.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.  He died in Hamiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire.

Did Ryan make a difference? I didn’t know him but I think he did, and I suspect he knew that as well.  I think he would have liked people to know that he felt he was making a difference.  We should all approach each day trying to make a difference and not just wonder at the end of our life if we made a difference.