August 2021

Achieve Greatness In Little Things

In the universe difficult things are done as if they are easy and great acts are made up of small deeds. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the spectacular light show known as the aurora borealis, which is Latin for “northern dawn.” You can see the northern lights any time of the year but they are most common in the fall and are best seen on dark, moon-less nights.

The northern lights are caused by magnetic storms on the sun. Billions of tiny charged particles stream from the sun and are drawn to the earth’s magnetic poles. As they enter the earth’s atmosphere they “excite” atoms of oxygen and nitrogen and cause them to emit light. Pale shimmering reds and greens and blues that seem to ripple and dance across the northern sky.

The electrical power that generates the northern lights is enormous. It is estimated to be about 1 trillion watts. That is more electricity than the United States consumes in a whole year. In the universe little things make a big difference. The same is true when it comes to our lives. We may be too proud to ask for help when we need it, or even accept it when it is offered. But often a simple smile or a kind word will slip through our defenses and really change things for us.

On occasion difficulties can loom so great as to preclude all but the most drastic solutions. Well-meaning friends, unable to provide the precise help that is needed, will sometimes opt to do nothing at all. But simple acts of quiet caring do make a difference. And mountains of trouble have been moved by caring friends who carry away a few stones at a time.

An elderly lady once commented on the great kindness shared by family and friends at the death of her husband. But the kindness that helped the most came from her nephew’s wife. She sent a thoughtful, cheerful letter once a week for many months. Those weekly letters, gentle reminders of another’s care, were small things, but they made a great difference. So it is that difficult things are done in the universe as if they are easy and great acts are made up of small deeds.


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