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It's the Little Things that Make a Big Difference

Updated on July 31, 2016

This is one big world I'm stepping in and I am just but a small individual, ordinary to say. My voice is thin and my actions are pretty lame; nevertheless, not big enough to change one thing.

I can't cure political illnesses and social injustices of our country. I can't just raise my hand and say "please stop" on wars and "help us get justice" on crimes left behind unattended by our officials.

What can I only do is look at the worsening situations of every individual especially those who were victims of unfair play. I can only pray and hid inside afraid i might trigger an alarm and cause much trouble to my surroundings.

I am only one small person with dreams of seeing my fellow citizens contented and happy. But what can I do? What can I do to help lessen the burdens of people when I don't have the courage to stand up and face these realities?

What can I do as one individual, who accepted this responsibility and be a part of the H.O.W community?

The H.O.W. or Humanity One World is a movement inspired by one of the greatest and amazing writer, Sir Bill Holland who, for the sake of the human race, calls each and everyone of us to let us do our part and help each other survive.

You see, the problem is, I'm trying to focus on the big problems humanity is facing rather than acting on one small thing around me. I am aiming for a big leap when I can only jump high enough for myself and not for everybody. I am reaching for things that one person cannot reach but needed help of others in order to succeed.

What I realize is that, even if I am just one small person with no capacity to change the whole world, I can do things which can change someone else's world. One small act of kindness to a person who needs it means so much to them.

Let us use our own "kid's inside perspective" if you feel invaluable and don't any idea what to do especially when you think your voice can only be heard few feet away and not until on the man who stood on a stage holding a speech letter.

What I mean is, when we we’re kids, we tend to see the world as a small place. The only life we have is our family and our friends. The only place we know is school and home. We put the bigger problems to a bigger force but at the same time we do our part to stay away from it.

Just like that - before achieving how to change everyone in this planet, we must first change ourselves and do good to others even in just simple ways like helping one elderly cross the street or pull her bags.

Try to look around. We were distracted by the chaos of political ambitions and devastating Medias that we forget to serve social justice to everybody.

We were hooked on the wars between our government officials, spreading our own opinions and lies, the 'to' and 'not to' vote things and the vague view of directions towards a successful future.

Crimes been up, almost every day I heard news someone got killed because of poverty, of jealousy, of trickery made and drugs.

These are the things that lead to destruction of human race. it is our choice to break the bridge that gaps everyone of us to help survive our own race.

This is one story that made a great example that by just doing even little things can really make a great difference:


An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean.

"Young lady," he asked, "Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?"

"The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die."

"But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference."

The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying, "It made a difference for that one."

The old man looked at the young woman inquisitively and thought about what she had done. Inspired, he joined her in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.

Adapted version from the "Star Thrower" by Loren C. Eiseley (1907–1977), published in 1969 in The Unexpected Universe.

Read More: H.O.W.: The Essence of Giving

Looking on a top view, the problem is too heavy to carry. But you're not going to carry it. We are going to carry it. We must be able to hold hand and support each other in every angle.

People may not see what you have done helping but in your heart, the reward of happiness will be yours.

I don't have any ideas at first on how to help - well, just random act of kindness one at a time, weaving the "pay it forward" rule. But then, as I came to think about life and people, ideas flooded my mind. They are just small and minor ones but could really make a lot of difference.

Aside from the usual support we offer our family and friends, helping a complete stranger would bear more results for these random kindness. Who knows, in the future you might stumble upon this person and this time, you're the one who needed help.

It's a circular motion of love and kindness that mankind ought to have.

  • Volunteer at Orphanage/House for the Elderly
  • Donate some clothes that you are not using to families who needs it
  • Help an elderly cross the street when you happen to see one
  • Plan a feeding session when you have free time to feed street kids or let it be the way to celebrate your anniversary or birthday. Congee is the best food, simple and inexpensive.
  • Don't miss an oppurtunity to smile to others
  • A free time story-telling to your neighbors' kids and elderly
  • Extending a small courtesy like holding the door for someone that needs
  • A small gesture of support or help to someone you see struggling with heavy things on hand
  • Say thank you for others who also showed kindness to you

So the question is, are you going to lose much when you happened to do one of these things?

Are you going to suffer a consequence when doing these random acts of kindness?

Sometimes, things turn out the way we do not expect it to be. but rather than shrinking and regretting, tell yourself that your motive in helping other is true and you did the right thing even others won’t see it that way.

I am spreading this message to all that we should always be ready to lend a helping hand. Anyway, this is what life is all about, right. Seek what your purpose in life to others and you might get the biggest surprise you've never known.

Remember the things you gave to other people that money can't buy are one of the greatest gifts to all humanity. And by doing that, you are inspiring others to do the same and do what a person should do.

God bless us all.

© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.


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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It's the Little Things that Make a Big Difference a lovely message and so true about the little things that make such a difference to ones life.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Yes, Mary.. I appreciate your message..kind words :)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      What a wonderful comment heavenleigh! thanks a lot for this.

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      Mary Merriment 

      5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Very well said. What a very inspiring article to help motivate people towards small acts of kindness.

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      Heaven L Burkes 

      5 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Oh so true! "The children will Heal this World." That is the child in each of our hearts. I truly believe this too. One starfish at a time. xoxoxox Beautifully, beautifully written. The child in me sees the child in you. ;)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks much Genna! Appreciate it much.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Yes Audrrey.. agree with what you've said.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank yu again B. :)

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Superb addition to H.O.W.

      "The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying, "It made a difference for that one." This is the metaphor that says it all.

      I agree so much with all of your bullet points. "It's a circular motion of love and kindness that mankind ought to have."

      Imagine if everyone did this? :-)

      Voted up and much more! :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      I love this whole concept of paying it forward--kindness begets kindness--it is good to remember that not only now, but all year long--

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 

      6 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thank you for this hub. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much patrick for the support :)

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      Patrick Collier 

      6 years ago

      Yet another inspiring article.Thank you,I loved it :)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much for reading and for the comment :)

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      6 years ago

      I loved the Starfish story too. Awesome hub.

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      I love this article and the Starfish Story. This is exactly what we all need to do, just one small thing.


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      An awesome and beautiful message my young friend. You are doing your part when you write articles like this, and raise awareness, and spread the word. Every single article causes ripples in the world, and small ripples will become a wave. I am proud of you for caring so much; thank you for being a part of this movement.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      An awe-inspiring hub with a wonderful starfish story! I completely agree with your wise views. Doing small deeds make a huge difference. Hats off to you for this amazing hub! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up & shared both on HubPages & Facebook

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Maria. Oh thank you so much for uplifting my spirit here. :)

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      What an inspirational, motivational and upbeat contribution to H.O.W.

      I have used The Starfish story with my community students who take pride in their small but might contributions to making things better in a variety of ways.

      Voted UP and UABI. So cool...Hugs, Maria

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Michelle. Thanks for supporting and for this lovely message

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      That's why it takes the combined efforts of all to make a difference. A small one, plus another and another, and things get better! Thanks for sharing!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you VEspa. that was very kind of you. Hugs.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      that is very true Deb. Thank you so much.

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      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is beautiful. I really enjoyed the starfish story. We all live in small worlds, but little things do make a big difference. What a nice list of things we can do to help others. Thanks!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      One small step, equals a huge leap when we combine efforts.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much Debby. im glad to contribute to this amazing movement.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you healthylife. you're right it feels good and you're also inspired to do something good to others too..

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Dear Myz - very nice job and wonderful contribution to the voice in the H.O.W. community. This Hub has inspired many others to have a better outlook and "a great day" today! Blessings, Debby

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      Healthy Life 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      The starfish story was a beautiful way to illustrate how people together can make a big difference. I know how good it feels when someone does something kind for me and I feel we can change the world together. The suggestions to help were also helpful. So happy to see so many becoming a part of the H.O.W. movement. Voted up and shared!

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Rajan, Jo, Martie, Jools, Janine, Silvergenes, Jthomp, Mperrottet, Deborah, Sha, Bill, Vellur, Chit, Joseph, Lovedoctor, Pamela, Sue, Paula, Dianna, Mhatter, Melchi, JamieB, Jamie, Nancy, Tom, Meldz, Alicia, Gypsy, Louisa, Michele,

      thank you all for reading and for taking time to comment. I aso love the starfish story..very well explained the idea of making a difference even to just one'll inspire others to do the same.

      thank you guys...

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is another wonderful hub. Sometimes it is slow, take one step at a time, but after a while you will realize that you have helped more then you knew you would.

      Voted up.

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      Louisa Rogers 

      6 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Thank you for the important reminder-- that little things DO count!, and that when I get discouraged by the state of the world, I can always look around and do something.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up! A wonderful message. Helping others is so important. An act of kindness can go a long, long way. Passing this on.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely hub, unknown spy, and it's inspirational too. The starfish story and your advice are wonderful. The little things that we do to help others are so important.

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      6 years ago

      Very true! Some of our heroes made the little steps to make a difference. We do little things to help others and keep on hoping that one day we will have the better world. :-)

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend M. great hub and loved the starfish story, this was such a awesome read !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Those random acts of kindness that we all do everyday are contagious. I happen to be of the thinking that we change our world and our environment one act of kindness at a time.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      Beautiful hub, thank you for such a wonderful read. Jamie

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      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      What a wonderful hub! The starfish story was so touching and true.. we may not be able to change the world as a whole and all of the things that go on but we do have the power to make someones world a little brighter for sure and I forget that so thank you for this reminder! Voted up and shared :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This has got to be one of the my favourite Hub articles I've ever read. Truly, it touched me. I agree with your message. Too often people think, "there's war and famine and killing...I can't help!" when we can do small things to help make a difference to one person, or a few. Thank you so much for writing this. I love your suggestions as well. Sharing all over, and stealing your starfish story today. Brilliant! :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      You might be interested in a group called Random Acts of Kindness.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      The star fish story is a great add to your hub - it must makes it all come together. Lovely post and just helping one person at a time may make the difference.

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      spy....You've got this down pat! Brilliant...beautiful and so wonderful of you to put this all out here to be shared! If one by one, people followed your way....the concept will become enormous and you're efforts will be "little" no more!!! BRAVO!! UP+++

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      6 years ago

      Hi Myz

      It only takes one random act of kindness to make a difference. If we all only did one small thing just imagine the positive impact we would have on eliminating world poverty.


      Take care


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Excellent suggestions and I believe one small person can make a difference, especially when one more small person does their part and so forth. This is a very powerful hub and well written.

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      6 years ago

      you are a very compassionate person & it shows. Well- written & thought provoking

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Mycee, so young and so caring for the human race. definitely you are on our list of H.O.W.'s. The star fish story is superb and right on target. Thanks for writing this powerful hub about little things that add up into a mountain of hope.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful and inspiring thoughts, wonderfully expressed. The story is so nice. As it is rightly said, each and every drop counts......

      Truly interesting and beautiful hub.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      A great hub and ways to help, every little bit counts to make change in this world.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a beautiful hub! Perfect examples, ditto to the starfish! If everyone would do what they could do, it would make a difference! Thank you for sharingthis!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Myz, the starfish story was absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for caring enough to be a part of our movement. I respect you greatly.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice job, Spy! The starfish story puts it all into perspective. We can only make a difference by one gesture at a time. Let's see how many starfish we can throw back to the sea!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      Nicely done. The starfish story is wonderful.

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      6 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      You make your point so well in this beautifully designed hub. Voted up, interesting, useful, beautiful and awesome.

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      6 years ago

      Along with everyone, I loved the starfish story. Great work! Voted up and awesome.

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      6 years ago

      You are so right. The starfish story shows us just how important our actions can be to even one person. I love this hub!

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      I absolutely loved the starfish story and you are so right that if we just lend a helping hand each one of us the world would e a bit brighter. Thanks for that gentle reminder and wonderful article. Have of course voted up a ton and shared all over!!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Unknown, I had read the starfish story before but it is certainly a story which makes a huge point! Great hub, inspirational and awesome in its own right. We are all big enough (and small enough) to make a difference and you summed it up beautifully here.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      So true, all the little things making a difference in the lives of individuals eventually make the big thing that makes a difference in the entire community.

      THE STARFISH STORY is a lovely metaphor.

      Thanks for making us think, unknownspy :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Unknown, a great article, I love the starfish story, sometimes it's the small things we do which make the most difference. I've personally found in my life, the good things we do returns to us ten fold.

      It would be great, if everyone would ask their families and friends to donated to a charity, the price of gifts we are given at Christmas which we do not want or need but can make such a difference to someone's life. Well done, Voting up and awesome.

      My best to you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful job, Mycee. Each small step forward adds to all the the steps that others are taking becoming a big leap in the process.

      Voted up, useful and awesome.


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