SciSpecial: Little things mean a Lot   Leave a comment

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

So wrote E.B. White, the author of Stuart Little (the story of a little mouse, who thinks he’s a boy until he learns it’s just fine to be a mouse); and Charlotte’s Web (where a single spider whom no one noticed, makes the biggest difference of all).

At the start of each New Year, many of us make resolutions or promises of things we hope to accomplish – from eating better to getting up earlier to working harder (strange that so many resolutions are concerns about doing more, and not so many about stepping back and doing less).

But as the mouse Stuart Little learned, and Charlotte the spider already knew, sometimes it’s not the goals we set that matter, it’s the lives we affect along the way. Even one person (or mouse or spider!), or one action that doesn’t seem all that much, can be important and change the world. Maybe not the entire world – but maybe your world, or your school, or your neighborhood, or your city. Or, as we enter into a New Year with new challenges and new opportunities, just maybe, by the smallest of actions, each of us together can change the whole world.

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”   E. B. White 

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