The Little Things

If you are anything like me, this summer has been nothing even close to boring; trips, camps, practices, hangouts, and events galore. However, despite the craziness that sometimes calls for a long nap and a good nights sleep - it has all been worth it. 


I have been consistently surrounded by incredible people day in and day out doing ordinary things in the most extraordinary ways. I have witnessed elementary students understanding how they can bring people together in their schools. I have watched high schoolers be vulnerable in uncomfortable moments to encourage strangers. I have seen strangers pay for others' meals and family members love people who seem unlovable. I have even seen my friends embrace difficult situations and discover the good in troubling circumstances. 


I share these moments to show that there has been no pattern in age, location, or how big or small these acts have been. They are all different, they all fluctuate in size but the coolest part is - they all matter. They all are necessary. They all make an impact. 


So here is my challenge. For students like me, August means a new academic year. New people, new teachers, new hallways, and new opportunities.


For parents sending their children to school, it may be a new season for you as well. Or maybe you are looking for a new start, a clean slate, and a chance to move on.


No matter where we are at in life,

the little things in life can start now.



Here are a few ideas:

  • look for chances to serve other people
  • find someone who needs conversation
  • invest in a younger individual
  • help clean up
  • smile often
  • say please and thank you
  • be a helping hand
  • encourage someone
  • write a letter
  • do a random act of kindness
  • assist your parents
  • call up an old friend
  • give a small gift
  • and most of all look for people and places in your life that could use the smallest act.


It may not ever be noticed by the people around you but it could change a life! 


Because the smallest things - make the biggest difference. 


"Do the common things in an uncommon way, and you will command the respect of the world." - George Washington Carver


"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that strength lies." - Mother Teresa  

WRITTEN BY Drezdan Ginder