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Small Things with Great Love

“We cannot all do great things but we can do small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa)

This lovely quotation that was on my late mother’s email signature makes me think of her and all the ways that family, friends, colleagues, clients, students, and readers touch my life every day–each one offering their own talents, gifts, and blessings to enrich this wacky, wonder-filled world. I think of my sister’s email and phone calls, the home-cooked dinners with my friends, the cards, letters, stories, and pictures crafted by my niece and nephew, and the emails of friendship and gratitude from pen friends everywhere. I think of the smiles (and smirks) on the elevator and the many simple, anonymous and random acts of kindness that bring love and light .

This live-filled and grounding quotation makes me feel a tremendous sense of unity and peace as I remember fondly the joy and hope that washes over me when I am kind and loving towards others and realize that others feel the same way when they are kind and loving towards me. Being kind and loving is as much a gift for the giver as it is for the recipient. This quotation also helps me feel relief, the sweet release of letting go. Even in the most trying or adversarial situations, we can choose to be kind and loving over being right and this, most often, allows even greater and more universal truths to emerge.

Now, as ever and always, I am inspired to continue finding as many small and wonder-filled ways as possible to “pay it forward” with both random and planned acts of kindness and love. As tired, cliché, or idealistic as this concept may seem in a time when there are so many great causes and charities that people often feel donation fatigue, there is great truth and beauty in doing what we can when we can–small things with great love.

Wishing you wisdom, wonder, wellness, and love,


Kalen Marquis is the therapist, educator and human bean who founded Kwil.Club with frizzy-fuzzy, green-nosed Kwil. He is a registered clinical counsellor in private practice in New Westminster, BC. He has more than two decades of experience as a teacher, teacher-librarian and school counsellor.