Little Things That Matter
It was one of our last days at the university; after all the traditional farewell parties and graduation treats had ended, we had a great little idea. We decided to give a party to all the workers of our college, from PAs to sweeper and gardener etc. Each one of us brought a simple dish from home and made little thank you cards for the staff members, acknowledging them for the wonderful services they had been providing throughout these years, from keeping the college neat and clean to keeping it green and full of flowers. My purpose of relating this incident is the fact that it didn’t require much effort from us, but the smiles on the staff’s faces were priceless and incomparable. Their faces, beaming with joy, could clearly show how very happy they were at being given such love and respect. It is these little things that matter.
So small yet so big!
It is these little gestures that may seem so small to us, but occupy a big place in others hearts and make all the difference. A little word of encouragement from us can make ones day, it might be the motivation he needed to survive that day which was otherwise full of hard luck. Go out of your way to do these little good tasks and never underestimate them because it is these smallest things can make the biggest impact.
In everyday life
Hold the door for strangers; for the woman holding a baby or for the person whose hands are full with stuff. Smile or try to be kind even if you don’t feel like. Pay compliments, lots of them. Use words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ because they work magic. Try to make conversation with the loneliest and most shy person you know. Ask your family how their day was, listen attentively, and remember little details they mention. Send a hello message to old friends you haven’t talked to in ages. Call them and tell them you miss them. Park your car two feet aside, so another person can park beside you. Apologize instantly for a mistake you made, no matter how hard it feels. Make that phone call you’ve been putting off since so long. Send a word of encouragement to a loved one preparing for an exam or match.
Bake a cake for your neighbors. Help them with their gardening. Bring flowers for your mother and tell her how much you love her. Bake cookies for your dad with his morning coffee and discuss news with him. Bring cupcakes for your co-workers. Make your grandmother tea and listen to the never ending tales of her childhood and youth. Write a thank you note for someone who has made a difference in your life. Make eid cards for your friends and family. Treat the waiter well, appreciate the food and tip him generously. Compliment whatever good you like in someone. Also give compliments unrelated to physical appearance. Always have something positive, uplifting and encouraging to say to the other person, so that whoever comes to you will leave with a smile.
These small gestures are hardly an effort but every time you make them, you’re not only making others feel good but you also feel better about yourself.
Mother Teresa put it beautifully in these words: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile.”Share