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The Little That You Do

“If every small step is made correctly than the big steps will naturally fall into place” FeatherLeaf

“I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was naked and you clothed me” God

Does feeding a hungry person make a difference in the world? It does if you are the one being fed. 

Beggar photoPeople who suffer from mental illness are often in a vulnerable state. Sometimes we are ostracized and isolated. Being alone isn’t good for anybody let alone those who suffer from mental illness. Human beings long to be accepted in something greater than themselves. The same is true with the mentally ill.

I remember the painful first years when the mental illness overwhelmed me. For the first hospitalization I got a large number of cards from my church family. The brothers in my fraternity didn’t send one. But the second time I didn’t receive any. Furthermore I didn’t get any visits except once. I remember one of the brothers of the church saying he didn’t want to bother me. It is not a burden to take two minutes to call and say “Hello, this is John, I calling to say we’re thinking about you and hope that you’re doing well.” The Bible says ‘Faith without deeds is death’. I would trade ten thousand prayers and well wishes for a single phone call.

Whatever you can do to be a blessing in somebody else’s life goes a long, long way. We all are at need in various times. Some people on planet Earth are subjected to continuous poverty. The sad thing is that it doesn’t have to be this way. We have the resources to provide for all if we simply use them wisely. The truth is that we don’t.

There is a lot to be said in making the most out of every opportunity. People should be kind to one another. How often have I seen people at stores speaking to employees in a condescending fashion, instead of a pleasant or polite manner. Some people are so small that they must take advantage of people who are in effect powerless. It takes no sense or courage to be nasty to the person giving you your medicine because there is a problem with your insurance. If you can’t treat all people decently you need to check your own character and make ammends.

Christians are said to be the ‘light of the world and salt of the Earth’. The salt is a preserver. When somebody acts in a kind righteous fashion it goes a long way. A good deed, an act of kindness, is a refreshing wind which encourages and builds up our fellow human beings. A light is a guide and it shows us how we should act. Never underestimate the power of example. For good or bad others will see how you act and often you will be imitated. This is especially strong when it concerns the youth. Children follow examples more so than empty words of correction.

I know that if we are to progress as human beings that the common people must lead the way. To expect politicians or even more ludicrous business people to do so is a bankrupt notion. Our leaders are too busy taking care of themselves to meaningfully contribute to the cause of the people. I think about my years of service or activism. I think about all the good people who I stood shoulder and shoulder with. People who served as examples and encouragement. I could rattle off a dozen names but they would be obscure and unrecognizable.

Finally as a human being you have a responsibility. There is an unwritten bond that exists between every human being. We are compelled to take care of one another. As Cain asked “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The remainder of the Bible goes on to give a very elaborate and thorough ‘Yes!!!’ The little that you do indeed goes a long way.

Here is a feel good book of poetry, some of my earliest writings, “A Day’s Weather”.

The Little That You Do

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2018). The Little That You Do. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 19, 2018, from


Last updated: 22 Feb 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 22 Feb 2018
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