Steele: A Christmas present from the 60s | Columnists


I guess what I’m saying is maybe not what someone said, but maybe where they said it – or maybe what the topic was about. Or maybe it was just a sweet little thank you for something special you just did for them. They all matter, they all add up, they all make a difference somewhere in our lives – the thanks, the hugs, the special words. Even standing and looking at someone you may not have seen in a very long time and missed, those moments are memories worth holding on to.

In all my years of writing columns, it seems like the most important articles I’ve ever written are the ones that I had a personal story, a personal touch, a personal ending. Some things just mean more to some than others – but the little things add up to be the big things in our lives and we just need to remind ourselves of that every now and then.

So the next time you visit a neighbor and bring them a freshly baked cookie or cinnamon roll, or maybe you just ran into someone you know walking down the sidewalk visiting the stores or while shopping, or maybe you might be in a real rush to get your groceries from the store and need to get home to put them away and start dinner for your family, you might just want to grab a few extra moments when you pass a neighbor who might need to talk or has exciting news to tell, but he or she has no one to share it with except the neighbor he or she just passed at the grocery store. Thank you for taking a few moments to visit. You may not realize it at the time, but those few moments can mean a big difference to the other person who is struggling or needs someone to talk to. This world has been a crazy world for a few days – the virus tells us to stay away from each other, but our hearts say we must visit a spell.


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