Saturday, May 4, 2013

The little things DO matter

Sometimes we fail to take action because we can't make the grand gesture.  But really, it's the little things we do that make a difference to people.

Recently, a favorite animal columnist mentioned that his eldest dog had died.  I wanted to offer my sympathies, but figured he would be inundated.  Why bother?  But I emailed him anyway.  It was just two simple, but heartfelt lines of sympathy and understanding.  I never expected an acknowledgement.  So I was quite surprised to get a two paragraph response thanking me and expanding on what he had written in the column.  

I had taken the time to write.  And it had mattered.

The other day, I went to my corner convenience store to get my weekly lottery tickets.  I always use the same play slips, stored in a worn vinyl sleeve.  The clerk not only noticed that I removed my slips from a sleeve, but noticed it was tattered.  She offered me a new sleeve.

I'm sure the sleeve came from the lottery commission.  It cost her nothing.  But it made my day.

Little things matter.

The bank cashed a check for me against their normal policy.  My friend used her credit card points to pay for something I was going to buy.

These are actions I will remember.  They mattered to me.

A quick Facebook birthday wish.  An offer of sympathy when a job is lost or a loved one passes. Noticing when someone is down and taking the time to listen.   Complimenting someone on a job well done or even just the attempt to do something new.  These cost you nothing, but can make a world of difference to the person affected.

They say it's the thought that counts.  But not if you don't act on the thought.

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