Tuesday, September 21, 2010

little things

it's the little things --
fly on the picnic table,
pebble in the shoe,
dust on the dashboard
-- that get to us the most.

and it's the little things --
smell of mom's granola baking,
sound of skates on ice,
glow of buttercup under chin
-- that we remember best.

and it's even little things --
sparkle on third finger,
ink upon page,
arm around shoulder
-- that we use to testify love.

so why,

would we ever think ourselves
too small

to make a difference?

a few little things --
letter to politician,
hour in nursing home,
casserole for neighbour
-- could change people.

and a lot of little people --
people who pray,
prayers who love,
lovers who help
-- could change the world.

so, next time you get a paper cut,

it's all about the little things.

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  1. so filled with truth ..thank you

  2. So beautiful and true! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words this evening on my blog!

  3. "sound of skates on ice" I haven't heard that since my childhood, but your words brought back the memory so vividly. I love your poem, and the truth it expresses, especially "people who pray, prayers who love, lovers who help." Thank you.

  4. I love this - reminds me of the quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

  5. Beautiful and true - we do make a difference, one way or another, whether we know it or not...

  6. happy little shivers reading this poem b/cs i literally grew up w/ my mom spouting the mantra " the power of one" (as in, the power of one person to make a difference in anothe'rs life)... and this brings me back to that. you captivated me w/ the ring/ink/arm stanza... lovely lovely lovely!

    yes, we can all be little, can't we, when he's being so big for us?!!?

  7. I love this little thing that spoke so much big truth. thank you. The buttercup under the chin brought back a memory of my dad.

  8. The little things indeed Bethany Ann. So beautifully expressed. I believe this to be so, each small step, each out reached hand DO make a difference.

  9. If everyone just does one little something a difference can be made. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Love this. The little things...so important!

  11. oh bethany, your little place here changes my world, every time. love you. xo

  12. it is the little things that matter the most...and enough little things together can change the world...smiles. nice coice in the desert...

  13. I really enjoyed this, we do our part in the place we are at and the ripples go out into the world and make a difference. We may not be able to change the world in a big way but we can do it a casserole at a time, or a letter with a gift to a hungry child, volunteering and encouraging.

  14. sounds of skates on ice!! One of the best sounds!! Thanks for helping me remember the little things!! love you!