Write and Change the World

JeffersonMost of us have days filled with small acts of kindness. We smile, kiss hurt elbows, throw tennis balls for our dogs. We pay for a coworker’s coffee and leave a big tip. We call a friend in need, chauffeur teenagers, cook a favorite meal, or pick up ice cream on the way home. These small invisible acts often go unacknowledged, but they travel around in overlapping circles, keep our lives balanced and relationships healthy. We see the results in strengthened bonds, deeper commitment, and abiding love.

87230b4a08df4def07bae73905d9319bBut what about those times when we don’t see the ripples? When we toss acts of kindness and compassion into a seemingly bottomless well of suffering and despair? When we perceive no reward for our efforts? When we don’t know if we’re making any lasting difference in our world at all? Some strangers we’ll meet face to face, but most we’ll never know. The poignant tales of their lives will play out in other neighborhoods, other cities, and other lands, unseen and unheard.

download (1)In our political landscape, acts of kindness and compassion are often labeled as weak, a waste of time and money, conciliatory, poor investments, and unpatriotic. In a culture that values money over lives, the manipulations are intense.

Yet, I would argue that when we ordinary folk commit small everyday deeds of kindness and compassion, the ripples are there even though invisible to our eyes and silent to our ears. Those random acts are cups of water that we pour down that deep, collective well. They blend and build, until over time, the bottomless well holds a limitless reservoir from which a garden grows. I have faith that no act of kindness or compassion is wasted, ever.

gandalf quoteI’m not really surprised that Gandalf sits up there with some of the greats when it comes to quotes regarding kindness. Does it matter that he’s a fictional character? Not really. Through Gandalf, Tolkien’s wisdom reached millions. Such is the power of the written word. Books can and do have the power to change the world…


17 thoughts on “Write and Change the World

  1. megdekorne says:

    Hi Diana …you write about beauty that truly matters to the healing perceptions of all of us …thank you so much for sharing your loveliness …blessings …xxx meg

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  2. It’s wonderful to think about books and posts we write making a difference. I like the way you’ve penned this one.

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  3. herheadache says:

    Friday was a great day.
    Love your post and your Tolkien reference.
    Words, writing, literature…these things are so powerful and, specifically fictional characters, they enrich my life. I would be nowhere without them.
    Compassion through words.


    • Thank you for swinging by. Tolkien was a life changer for me in so many ways. When I was looking for the quote for the post, I found a score of good ones. It’s interesting how epic fantasy themes can play out so profoundly in our ordinary lives.

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      • herheadache says:

        I know exactly what you mean. When I was younger I thought all fantasy was silly and had not one thing to offer. Boy was I wrong. I’ve never been more wrong about anything in my life. Reading it and giving it a chance change my life.

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  4. Wonderful post and very inspiring. We have to continue to be kind and compassionate, especially when we don’t see the results. Everything we do makes a difference.


  5. This was a lovely and memorable post, Diana. We know as writers that the written word does have great power. Well done indeed. 🙂

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  6. Reblogged this on Everything Indie and commented:
    I know I promised I wouldn’t reblog another #1000Speak for Compassion post today, but this one is very à propos for the more literary mind.
    Thank you D. Wallace Peach for this thoughtful post about the …”small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.” (Quote from Tolkein, spoken by Gandalf)

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  7. Thanks so much! It was a wonderful day, wasn’t it?

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  8. This is an excellent blog for #1000Speak for Compassion. I promised myself I wouldn’t reblog another one today, but yours I have to reblog! Thanks for the insight.

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