"If you think you are too small to make a difference you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito." —African Proverb
I don’t know about you guys but mosquitoes and I do not have a good relationship. I get just one bite from those tiny little monsters and I cannot stop scratching at it! Even when I’ve put anti-itch cream on it and it’s not as irritated and itchy… I’m still THINKING about it and hyper-focused on making sure no other mosquitoes come near me! That’s why I love [this] quote… Am I saying we need to irritate people? Of course not. But think about how many times something tiny has made a difference in your own life. A ‘Thank You’ or “Good Job”, maybe it was someone letting you in front of them in traffic or hearing from a Participant that they are experiencing a positive change. Watch for the little moments, the opportunities to help someone focus on their goal or recovery. Take each minute of your day, all 1,440 of them and rather than letting them slip by… let’s give them as gifts to others and to ourselves. Take a minute to remind yourself that you are a difference maker, that you are amazing at what you do and that who you are matters. Then spread the message of hope and encouragement to someone else.
Sarah Deats is a Behavioral Health Technician at RI International and the Hope Inc. Stories Inspiration Engineer