The value of small actions

“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”
~Emily Dickinson (from “If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking”)

We tend to value grand gestures and outwardly heroic deeds, but it’s often the small actions we take to help others that make the biggest difference in their lives and in the world around us on a regular basis. Small actions of kindness and compassion repeated regularly and faithfully can heal the world around us.

 

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Our daily choice

“We are still in the position of waking up and having a choice. Do I make the world better today somehow, or do I not bother?” ~Tom Hanks

We make this choice every single day whether we’re conscious of it or not. I find my day goes better when I make it consciously and find ways to live into making the world a better place (even if only in the smallest of ways).

Which choice will you make today?

 

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The gift of encouragement

“Words of encouragement motivated by the wish for someone‚Äôs happiness can function as a source of revitalizing light, rousing courage and strength.” ~Daisaku Ikeda

Offering encouragement is a gift that costs us little but can make a world of difference for someone who is struggling. How can you offer this kind of revitalizing light to those around you today?

 

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Freedom’s choice

“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” ~Jean-Paul Sartre

We’ve all had things done to us that are unfair, painful, or traumatic, and we had no choice about that. We do have a choice, however, about what we do with those things. We claim our freedom from those broken places with how we choose to react to them and whether we allow them to define us or limit us going forward.

I hope you’ll choose freedom!

 

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Nature brings solace

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside … Nature brings solace in all troubles.” ~Anne Frank

If you’re having a difficult day today, I hope you can find time to go outside and spend a little time in nature. I’m always amazed at just how much solace nature brings my way.

 

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