“I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay…small acts of kindness and love.” - Gandalf
Ok first of all, every time I read something Tolkien has written I’m just over here like, mind blown. But as genius as he might be, how easy is it to read powerful things, and then go about living our lives exactly as we have been? It’s hard sometimes, in the moment, I think, to feel the impact small gestures make. A kind word, going out of your way for someone, no matter how little it seems. So as an exercise in gratitude, I decided to turn it around, and make a list of the small things people have done for me recently, that have made an impact they probably aren’t even aware of.
I am a very cold person. As in my teeth will literally be chattering within seconds of hitting the winter air. Sometimes I get cold on the inside and just cannot get warm. There’s probably something wrong with me, but it’s fine, I’m fine. You know that shirt, “I freaking hate the cold?” Literally me in a nutshell. Today is zero degrees here in the Queen city, sooooo yeah. Ok you get the idea. So every morning that I work, my work Mom, aka, our billing manager…goes into my office, turns on my space heater and shuts the door so that I won’t be freezing when I get there. And every night, my real Mom, does the same thing in my bedroom around 6pm if I’m not home. Y’all, spoiled. Rotten.
My Dad knows I hate dealing with car stuff. Like, so much that the rubber piece on one of my wipers was literally hanging off uselessly for three weeks because I’ve put it off for so long. I know, I know, I’m killing the adulting game. So this weekend, he took my car, got new wipers put on, an oil change, the brakes checked, tires rotated, the works. All the things are now taken care of and I am very grateful.
It’s no secret that I’m doing my very best to keep Chick-Fil-A in business. The other day I got up too late to pack breakfast, was running through their drive through, beating myself up for spending money…and the lady in front of me paid for my meal. She didn't know me, didn’t know I was struggling that morning, just did it out of the goodness of her heart.
Those kind of things are where I see the love of God through the people in my life. And I bet you have some of those things too, if you stop and think about it. So do it. Make a list of the small things people have done for you lately. Then take a minute to go out of your way. To do something extra. There’s plenty of darkness, greed and struggle in the world today. Just a small act of kindness, and we can be part of the light that keeps that darkness at bay.