If you were to take a penny and hold it between your thumb and index finger, with Abe Lincoln facing you, you could hold it up between you and your view of the sun in such a way as to eclipse the sun. Imagine that. Something as small as a penny and yet it can block your view of something so enormous. Too often we are impressed with those things that are bigger than life and discount the small things. I would like to speak today on behalf of the power of small things.
Have you ever considered the power of one small word of encouragement? This last week I stood to one side at a funeral visitation and watched as friends encouraged the grieving members of a family. There were no speeches offered. No attempts to comfort the hurting by reciting lengthy prose. There were men and women saying, “I’m so sorry.” “I love you.” “I’m here to help.” They were all speaking volumes by saying very little in a soft, kind and heartfelt way. One or two words spoken with meaning can soothe an aching heart.
What about the power of one small touch? At that same visitation, I saw those who did not speak a word. Instead they offered a hand resting on the shoulder of another or clasp in the hand of the bereaved. One small touch but it was of more value than medicine. No words could have conveyed the meaning of that touch. It said what couldn’t be said.
Over the course of the next few days, I am sure that members of that family will go to their mailboxes and will find cards of sympathy. Not a book about grief but a simple card or letter. However, those cards will provide a continued source of help during a difficult time. A few lines written on a piece of paper but more powerful than a shelf full of books.
A word, a touch and a note. Could it be that those who gave these gifts had wished they could do more? They might have thought that their gifts were of little consequence. Remember that penny? Our small deeds can change another’s life. Every one of us should look for little ways to use small things to make a big difference. One gigantic fact about small things is that none of us can excuse ourselves from doing them. If they were huge and difficult, we might have a reason to leave them undone but we are all able to do the small things.
Get your penny and go outside and block out the sun. Remind yourself of the power of small things.
ABR CDPE SFR SRES
Broker, Owner, REALTOR®
210-B Seville Street.
Florence, AL 35630
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