Quite Something

Archive for November, 2007

One small act

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

“Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.” —Frank A. Clark

Our world is so results-oriented and number-driven; more is always better and a few sales are never good enough. In the publishing world, if you’re not making a big splash, you’re not a success. But can you put a price on something as important as lifting another person’s spirits? I like to think about changing the world the way St. Therese of Lisieux, patron saint of “the little ways” did, one small act at a time.

Each time I receive a letter from someone who has been encouraged by my writing, I realize the joy of touching that one person’s heart. I am so grateful for the way that I have been touched, and changed, by so many great writers who have come before me. Since receiving emails from my readers, I have started sending emails to my favorite authors to let them know how meaningful their words have been to me.

In the same vein as the AA philosophy of living “One Day at a Time,” perhaps reaching “One Person at a Time” is something to aspire to and to be proud of. Like ripples in a pond, that person can affect someone else, who can in turn affect someone else. On the days when I feel like my progress is barely perceptible, I find it helpful to remember that ripples are not always as small as they seem. To the recipients of our efforts, the impact can be quite something!

—Elaine

About Elaine

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Elaine Luddy Klonicki is a freelance writer who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her column “Box of Chocolates” appeared in The News & Observer. Elaine has written three books: All on Account of You: A True WWII Love Story, Thinking About Therapy? What to Expect From “The Talking Cure” and Captured Words: A Sentimental Journey. She is one of the co-editors of A Taste of Taffy: Samplings From the Triangle Area Freelancers. Through her writing, she shares with others the skills she has learned for living a joyful, purposeful, and inspired life.