Small Things

Greetings, HaQ readers! It’s the MLK Day holiday weekend, so the blog is posting a little late this week, with one of my odd thoughts: “Set your sites on small things.”

Well – actually, you hardly hear people say that. We’re usually encouraged to aim for higher, bigger, better targets. And those are fine things to aim for. Aiming high and dreaming big can change the world – witness the amazing man today’s holiday celebrates. He did much, he inspired many, and he gave all. We still have much of his work to do.

While there are big jobs to do, there is a place in grand endeavors for smaller things. A $10 donation to a food bank allows them to distribute $100 worth of food. A pair of socks can help keep someone in need warm and dry. A fifteen minute phone call to someone you miss can light up both of your days. Nourishment, warmth, a hug. These small lovely things make a difference. Is there a small thing you want to send out into the world today?

For me, it’s a photograph.

Polyphemus moth

This is a moth I found on my porch one summer morning, as big as my palm, a patient marvel. She had probably emerged overnight and been drawn to the porch light; there she was when I stepped out, soft brown, velvet-edged, blue-eyed and exquisite. She stayed for a while, then went on. When the day starts with wonder delivered to your doorstep, there’s no telling what other amazing things it will bring.

Here’s hoping there are many big and small wonders on your path. And that you get to send a few out yourself.

Stay tuned for more on the Here’s a Quarter blog next week! As always, your thoughts and comments are always welcome – they are moderated (I know – adulting again), so they may take a little while to appear, but I read them all and appreciate that you were here. Thank you!

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