It’s the fifth week of classes, and already, tensions are mounting. Science majors are hard-pressed with exams, humanities majors are swamped with essays and seniors have begun to feel the pressure of looming theses and comprehensive exams.
But when faced with such impending chaos (as happens all too often), I have found comfort in a saying that my grandfather used to repeat: “It’s the little things in life that matter.”
At one time or another, we have all been cheered by a smile or a kind word in passing. Not only can such actions uplift the recipient, but by stepping outside of our self-absorption and reaching out – if only to make that smile – we can put things in perspective and give ourselves a breath of fresh air. And who knows? We may even recieve a smile in return.
So in the midst of these exams and papers, remember the little things.