The Small Things

Dear Readers,

We all have a lot going on in our lives that tend to occupy our minds and worry us more than we should allow. There are times when I am so focused on a project that I find it very hard to sit still or focus on something else without feeling guilt or anxiety. The little or big things that go on in our worlds tend to make us oblivious to the larger world that we live in. Your neighbor, a store clerk, a customer, a teacher, a co-worker, or whomever may not know what you’re going through, but even so, they are still in this world with you and may be going through the same problems that are probably even greater than yours. I believe that everyone could use a blessing, a good cheer, or something to make their day and perhaps, lives, a little brighter.

When I was senior in high school, my dance teacher took some of my classmates and me to a very expensive restaurant to celebrate our graduation. Little did we know that the gentleman who was dining alone across from us overheard our conversations and generously decided to pay for all six or seven of our meals. This was of course a wonderful surprise, but I’m talking about making a difference in someone’s day by doing the seemingly small and insignificant things that really matter:

  • Looking someone in the eye and giving them a genuine greeting and genuinely wishing them a good day.
  • Putting back unwanted store merchandise in the correct location.
  • Stopping your car to allow a waiting driver to pull in front of you.
  • Greeting people who you normally don’t notice or speak to.

I know these may seem meaningless or senseless to some, but from being on both sides of each scenario, I can tell you they make a difference. From the sudden gleam in a janitor’s eyes to the feeling of relief that someone cares, I can tell you that it’s worth it. So please, stop and see someone today and try to do so everyday.

Peace and Love,



Posted on August 7, 2014, in About Me, Life and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Hello Ariffa I liked your post very much! the little things are often under-rated.. with little gestures we can make people happy and savour more even our own life.

    see you 🙂

  2. You never know what effect a smile or a kind word may have. Great post!

  3. Touching and true. I did 3 of the 4 things on your list Ariffa (I don’t drive 🙂 ) and it felt great. You never know what others are going through so why not spread joy and kindness? It feels even better to give it than receive it. Bless you for adding sparkle to my day!

  4. Like Vera, I find this both touching and true. I try to do these things every day. Sometimes I smile at someone and get no response, but I feel better anyway for having done it. I frequently pick things up off the floor in stores and always tidy up after myself when I visit someone. I am the person who cleans the sink when I wash my hands. These things we do for others, yes, but we do them as well for ourselves. Jesus would, was He less than we are?

    • Beautiful response, Beth. Yes, smiling at a stranger is a wonderful nonverbal way of greeting them and wishing them a blessing. I also don’t get a response at times, and at others, the person seems to think that I’m smiling at them because I know them :). Even so, it still feels good.

  5. Wow, amazing what that gentlemen did for you guys back then. Pay it forward…


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