Little Actions


The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke

When we discuss Chaos Theory (whether we understand or don’t), we inevitably start with they idea of the Butterfly Effect, where small changes at the outset of a system can have profound effects on the outcome.

Now, I’m not so concerned about the butterfly in New York affecting the weather in Shanghai. What I do worry about, however, is the chain effect of our human interactions with one another.

It’s the little actions that matter.

Earlier last year, Thai Life Insurance launched the first of a series of commercials. It went viral, and is known as “Unsung Hero’. If you haven’t seen it, here it is.

Every day, the unsung hero does a series of small, kind acts. Some look on disapprovingly or with a jaded heart. It then asks:

What does he get in return for doing this every day?

He gets nothing.
He won’t be richer,
Won’t appear on TV—
Still anonymous,
and not a bit more famous.

What he does receive are emotions.
He witnesses happiness,
Reaches a deeper understanding,
Feels the love,
Receives what money can’t buy:
A world made more beautiful.

Little actions. Small kindnesses. A more beautiful world.

Here’s another story from the same company that was just released earlier this month. You can keep up with all of their videos on Thai Good Stories, a website set up by Thai Life Insurance to promote more of these stories.

There are always chances around us to do good. Let’s not let those moments for little actions to pass us by.

The result will be a world made more beautiful.

A right act strikes a chord that extends through the whole universe, touches all moral intelligence, visits every world, vibrates along its whole extent, and conveys its vibrations to the very bosom of God!
Thomas Binney