Small But Mighty

Few weeks ago, I visited a friend that I haven’t seen in a long while who has been dealing with depression for years. Not being a licensed therapist, I had always felt inadequate in all my attempts to help. Though I had been there for her, listened attentively, and encouraged her multiple times, it still felt like I wasn’t doing enough and my efforts weren’t really helpful. Throughout the years, I had encouraged her to pick back up her hobbies and try a therapist.

Days before my visit, I had bought her some gift and her favourite chocolate. Knowing she loved it, I had to visit the store again to buy a bigger pack because the first pack seemed too little. Couple days later, and there I was again contemplating buying an even bigger pack. But, the gift bag held me back because anything bigger than the current pack of chocolate won’t fit.

Finally, the day of visit came. On getting there, we exchanged pleasantries and shortly after, she unboxed the gift. She was more excited about the chocolate than anything else that was in the bag.

Her: “I’m so surprised that after all these years, you still remembered my favourite chocolate.”

With a chuckle, I immediately responded “of course I do! Why won’t I?!”

To her, it meant a lot that I remembered because she herself had forgotten that it was her favourite chocolate. To me, it was just a small gesture that didn’t cost much. Seeing her smile and happy again was a confirmation that I should have gone back to the store for the third time and grab a much bigger pack of chocolate. Instead, I let an inanimate object talk me out of it. Yeah, I know, bags can’t talk, but isn’t there a saying along the lines of silence being the loudest? The gift bag loudly persuaded me otherwise, and I unquestionably fell for it.

We laughed and talked and laughed some more. She told me all about her new therapist and how it has been helping. It made me so happy seeing her smile again and talk about her progress thus far. The following day, she shared on social media “how sweet it was [that she] remember[ed] that…you really remembered how much I love a brand of chocolate after these years?? Even I forgot my favourite chocolate!”

I didn’t think I did anything special or big— I just grabbed a piece of chocolate that someone I cared about enjoys. However, in her own words: “small gestures mean a lot ! It may mean more than you think.”

It was then that I realized that my little act of kindness, though small, was mighty.

#TheSunshinethAgain!

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15 responses to “Small But Mighty”

  1. It was a wonderful gesture Cyn. Showed her that you cared enough to remember.

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    1. Ah when you put it like that, it makes sense. Thank you Sadje. Appreciate it (:

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      1. You’re welcome my friend

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    1. Thank you Sheree for visiting! It’s nice reading from you.

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  2. It’s the little things that matter most. They are the building blocks of the bigger things.

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    1. Absolutely Patricia. So true! The small adds up to become big. Thank you for your visit.

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  3. Love it! You’re such a great friend. And you’re right, small gestures can do mighty things.

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    1. Oh yes! Those small gestures make all the difference. Thank you! I appreciate it.

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  4. The softer we speak, the loader His love becomes. His love, your license to encourage, to give hope, remember the little things… that matters. The small, but mighty! Blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you Warren! You’re absolutely right. We love and give hope to others because He first loved us. His love fills us so we can pour into others.
      Have a blessed and fruitful week!

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  5. Aww. 😊
    That’s really nice. ❤️

    That happens a lot to me too. If only we will trust those nudges that tries to focus our heart on what would matter most to the person concerned. After all He knows their hearts more than we do. 😊

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    1. Exactly! You said it best. He knows them better than we will ever do.
      Thank you Mercy. 🙂💕
      Trusting those nudges is key.

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  6. Aw! You just melted my heart. God bless you for understanding the simplistic but powerful beauty of kindness. You are a precious friend. I can see how this deeply touched your friend’s heart.

    I believe we all have a need to be ‘seen’ and heard. Not in an egotistical way, but in a meaningful, intimate kind of way. We all want to know we matter. You gave that gift to your friend by showing her she (and her favorite chocolate!) matter to you.

    I always say – we may forget an act of kindness we do on any given day for someone. Yet, for that person, we may change their whole life. Thank you for being you! ❤️

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    1. Oh Holly. Your feedback ALWAYS warms my heart. Thank you for the kind words—means a lot! 💕💕
      Thank you so much for your insightful and elaborate responses. I appreciate them and read every single word.
      Your second paragraph really resonates with me. You word it so beautiful and perfectly. We all do! I’ll be the first to admit, I do.
      I appreciate you and God bless you for me also. Hope you have a weekend as fabulous and wonderful as you are.

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