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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

small action, big impact

We are here to change the world with small acts of thoughtfulness done daily
rather than with one great breakthrough.

The world's troubles hang heavy on our shoulders. The evening news can be an overwhelming glimpse into pain and suffering. How can we even begin to make a difference? Being overwhelmed can leave us paralyzed, doing nothing because it all just seems too big.

All it takes is a quick shift of focus to the one small thing that we can do right now. That small thing - a cup of tea or coffee for your co-worker, a hug and word of encouragement to a loved one and acquaintances, a small gift to a favorite charity - can mean the world to the recipient.

It also opens us up, helps us stretch and tends to release a wellspring of even more simple, gentle and meaningful acts.

My thoughtful actions won't save the whole world but they may make s real difference for a few people right now. That matters.