Never think your contribution isn't
because you never know how far your ripples may reach.
~ Amanda Fall
I saw this quote on Persistent Green yesterday and knew immediately I wanted to attempt painting it. I think most people wonder from time to time if what they are doing makes a difference, if it is worthwhile and should be continued. We just don't seem to take enough time validating each other and expressing gratitude for the effect other people have in our lives. Can you imagine how a checker at the grocery store would feel if we took the time to say, "Hey, thanks for being smiley and bubbly! It perked me up in the middle of an otherwise gloomy day."
So, I have two remedies for this. First, let's all commit to really taking the step to express those words of appreciation - even for what seems little and mundane. Make it a rule that if something brings you joy, to take a moment to express gratitude for it... in a little or a big way. And second, have your cohort of support who can be there to regularly remind you that what you are doing is worthy and to be cherished. Know who these people are and remind them what a difference they make in your own life.
Those little words, those little touches, may be exactly what a person needs.