I got to thinking this morning about how each of us is endowed with a variety of skills and talents and abilities– not all of which need to be extraordinary or spectacular. I got to thinking that some of the things about ourselves that we might take for granted, like abilities or skills, might look differently when used to help someone in need or in a desperate situation. Imagine the impact a hug could make to someone who is scared, lonely, or depressed. Imagine the difference that could be made in the life of someone disabled and stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. Imagine the change in a person’s outlook for the day when someone is willing to just listen for a while and have a chat.
Ordinary things can make extraordinary differences in the lives of folks when you least expect it.
I got to thinking about how much pressure we might apply to ourselves to play superheroes and to make large sweeping social change over systemic problems like poverty, homelessness, depression, addiction, and so on single-handedly or some such. But I think it is the accumulation of all the little things that really matter that add up to make the bigger difference.
I also think that attitudes tend to change when accomplishment is made real. Knowing that some good came out of your efforts, you feel empowered to continue to do good and to continue to make those efforts. When you strain on making larger efforts or going beyond your means, it shouldn’t surprise you when success doesn’t come easy or come at all. Disappointment kills moods and kills enthusiasm.
So, I say take baby steps, do the little things right and well. Do the small things that might make the bigger difference in any given situation. Reach out to those in need of a helping hand, a welcome hug, a listening ear, a casual chat, help with a flat tire, or something like that. Find little ways to pay it forward. Little blessings can bring bigger miracles.