I came across the following little poem a while ago and I’ve found it’s been back in my thoughts again in the last few days:
Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.
So the little moments,
Humble thought they be,
Make the mighty ages
So the little errors
Lead the soul away
From the paths of virtue
Far in sin to stray.
Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Help to make earth happy
Like the Heaven above.
This poem called Little Things was written in 1845 by Julia Fletcher Carney. Believe it or not this little poem was the source of great fame for both the poem and its writer…and that wouldn’t have happened it Julie hadn’t participated in a 10 minute writing exercise during her teaching time in Boston!
While attending a class for teachers in the summer of 1845, Julia and her classmates were given ten minutes to complete a writing assignment. She had written an article the previous evening called ”A Letter to Sabbath School Children,” in which she had mentioned the importance of little things. In the article, she had written the first four lines of the above poem and then in the 10 minute assignment, she started with those four lines and promptly carried on and wrote the rest of this poem.
Even at this point no-one would have expected this little poem to become so famous. However the editor of the publication that was going to publish Julia’s, ”Letter to Sabbath School Children” needed extra material to fill out the publication, at the very last minute. It was at this point that Julia made that crucial decision to give the publisher her recently completed poem “Little Things.
This little decision made by Julia that day to give her poem to the publisher, was one that had a huge effect on her life, as the poem proceeded to be published not only in the United States but all over the world.
Do you struggle with life sometimes? Do you worry about decisions that have to be made? Do you over-react when things don’t go your way?
Maybe just like me, you forget to be thankful for the little things in life – The little things of life often get forgotten or missed in amongst the big things of life, however the little things are often the things which have the biggest impact.
So don’t take the little things of life for granted.