Small Gestures

The grand gestures are noticed quickly:

The extravagant party,

The gift car with a ribbon tied on it;

The ticket for a cruise on a luxurious liner.

They cause oohs and aahs,

And feelings of envy.

Yet it is the small gestures,

The gestures that go unnoticed,

That have a more lasting effect.

A hug, a smile, a subtle helping hand.

Small gestures do not need the adoration of an audience,

Or the effusive thanks of the receiver,

To come into existence.

Instead it is love that brings them to life:

Love for an individual,

Love for our fellow man.

Small gestures cause lives to blossom,

And help people along their way.

Grand gestures are the ones that are easily noticed;

But it is the small gestures that count.

Have you been the recipient of small gestures this week?

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: small)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

31 thoughts on “Small Gestures

    1. I am so glad she encouraged you to continue with your blog. I love that small gestures like these unknowingly encourage you to go forward.
      Have a good weekend too Carina 🙂


  1. What a great way to express 5 minute Friday 🙂 I think the best small gesture I received this week was from a guest. As he was checking out he told me that the week had really brought him down and his day had been started in a funk. When I had come to work that morning I had told him good morning and asked him how he his morning was going. He said that it’s rare that random strangers show actual concern for others and it had lifted his spirits and his faith in humanity. Him taking the time to share that with me seems small, but actually changed my whole week around too 🙂


  2. This is such a beautiful concept. I wish everyone was aware of the change that could happen in our lives if everyone would perform one small gesture a day. The world would be a very happy place.


    1. Thank you for the compliment Alex.
      I have found in my life the even simple words of encouragement have helped me on my way. And even the gift of food and necessities when I first moved out on my own.


  3. Yes. I have been given those small gifts this week. And if the week hadn’t been a hard one, I probably wouldn’t have noticed. Light shines brightest in the darkness, doesn’t it? Thanks for encouraging me this morning to remember to give what I have even though it seems small and insignificant. Through His hands it has the power to change hearts and minds.


    1. The best thing He expects us to give only what we can – and it need not be monetary. The gift of listening, or spending time together, or even the gift of encouraging words, can help someone have a better day. May God bless you through the rest of the week.


  4. I agree Colline. The small gestures means a lot more, to me in any ways. Money can’t buy everything especially not love, hugs, smiles, etc. Things that make you feel good about others and yourself. I get this every day and it means more than all the money in the world to me. 😀
    Thanks for a lovely post hon. Well written. 😀 *big hugs*


  5. It’s definitely the small gestures, isn’t it, Colline! I think the small gestures are special because they aren’t expected. Gifts are nice but appropriate social expectations. Kindness is the best gift of all. When I am feeling discontented or having a day when I am out of sorts, I find that extending a small kindness to a stranger and accepting a small kindness from a stranger is very uplifting. The effects of any kind of positive regard in either direction – given or accepted is soothing and healing.


    1. I agree with you Darlene – especially because nothing is expected in return for these small kindnesses. I have found, too, that helping others benefits me too in that I feel that I am contributing to my society.


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