The view out of my window at the moment is lovely – a nice fall morning. A glance at my BBC news app or Google reminds me that not everyone’s morning is going as well.
Hurricanes are brewing and blowing in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans – the Philippines and the Carolinas are both being battered by winds and rains and surging waters.
Fascists are raising their voices and fists in slurs, salutes, and symbols throughout the world.
The economies of the globe are poised in delicate balancing acts as the wealthy find unimaginable riches and the poor become generationally trapped in poverty.
All four primary agencies measuring global temperatures (NASA, NOAA, the Japan Meteorological Agency, and the Met Office Hadley Centre) show global temperatures are the highest ever since 1880 when data collection began.
Dozens of species of plants and/or animals become extinct every day.
These are the things that make these days terrifying. They terrify because most are not things that happen in one-fell terrifying swoop. Instead, they are tiny things, adding up until the weight is too much to bear.
I just erased so many examples that I know in just my community because you have your own lists that are just as valid – families torn apart over politics or war, lives lost because of disease or accidents or untreated mental health issues, communities fractured over differences of opinion or skin tones. So much pain. And so much of that pain begins with a small thing, a tiny thing that is easily overlooked or ignored.
But like the raindrops that add up to a 12 foot tidal surge, small things do add up to become something too large to ignore.
The bad stuff adds up until it weighs so damn much.
But so does the good stuff.
Holding the door for the person behind you.
Doing one tiny, absolutely unimportant thing can absolutely change the world for someone else.
The weight of good small things is immense. But instead of breaking a soul, crushing a spirit, those tiny things rebuild, shore up, change the course of a tide. Added up, even a penny is worth something of value.
So today, do some small thing for good.
It just might be you who feels the most unburdened by the weight of small good things.