Every Little Bit Helps


When I’m tired but I don’t feel like sleeping, I watch movie clips from movies I’ve seen before.  Like the movie clip “Don’t stomp your little last season Prada shoes at me honey”, from the movie Legally Blond. Or my favourite, “My biological clock keeps ticking and ticking”, from My Cousin Vinny.  Here’s another one, “We’re not in Kanas anymore”, from The Wizard of Oz. I don’t want to watch the whole movie; I just love to see those amazing movie scenes.

The other night I was watching movie clips when I should have been editing an article.  I was sort of avoiding the edit.  For me, it’s easy to write an article as the words just flow and flow.  Editing is a bit of a drag.  I usually write an article in a couple of hours and then it takes 2-3 days to complete the editing.  I was clearly avoiding the edit…I do that often.

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On this night, I was watching the movie clip, “I wish I knew how to quit you”, from Brokeback Mountain when I got a text message from an unknown sender. It read, “I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your articles.  I don’t get The Suburban but I see it online and always enjoy your positivity, enthusiasm and humor.  A fun read!!” 


It took me a while to find out who the unknown sender was as I didn’t have their contact number in my phone.  With so much gratitude, I immediately thanked the sender.


Firstly, the text message got me to stop watching the movie clips and reminded me to get back to editing my article. Secondly,




I felt needed.  Here was someone who went out of their way to tell me they enjoyed my articles and read them online.  Message to Sue, you need to produce more articles, not watch movie clips!  I have a renewed purpose!  There is someone who is enjoying what I do, so I want to do more and do it now.  I’ve been encouraged to continue.


So what did I do?  I finished editing the article I was originally working on and I started writing this one.  That little bit of encouragement was like a steam roller to GO, BE, and DO IT!


I’m writing this for you Linda!  Thank you for encouraging me and helping me retain my focus.  Thank you for reading my work.  Thank you for taking the time to text me your kind words.  Thank you!


Now that this happened to me, I feel empowered to move this forward.


My beloved readers please do this.  Tell a person they are doing a great job and to keep up the good work!  Tell those teachers, thank you for being wonderful to my children.  Tell those professionals they are doing great jobs.  Tell those sales people who are working extra-long hours how much you appreciate their attention to your needs.  Take that extra step and smile at someone.  Even drop your change into someone’s cup and say, “Take care.”


It takes so little encouragement to make such a huge difference in someone else’s life.  Even when you don’t know it, every little bit of positivity and cheer helps.


Imagine if the world could spin on a positive encouraging axes?  We could do this, one step, one text, one smile, one “good job”, at a time.


Every season is the reason to go for that positive pat on the back of encouragement.


Ok, ok, I’m not suggesting you go around saying “Good Job” to everyone you meet.  Just sprinkling a little smile here and there is a good place to start.  If you do this, you will make that person feel good.  If that person feels good, there is a good chance they will spread more positive encouragement.


If you simply share this article, you will be encouraging others to participate in positive encouragement.


Good breeds good.  You give good, you will receive good.  It’s worth a try.


Once again, I thank Linda for her wonderful text message.  It got me working hard and harder for my readership.  Now that my article is fully edited and ready for publication and this one is almost complete, I will leave you with a movie clip I love,

“Life is like a box of chocolates”, from the movie Forrest Gump.


Here’s the link if you feel like some simple happy.


One more for the road because I can’t resist this movie clip, “The Football Practice Scene”, from the movie The Blind Side.


Here’s the link if you feel like seeing amazing positive encouragement.


Remember, every little bit of encouragement helps.  Give some to someone because you are great, amazing and wonderful readers and I thank you for being awesome!

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Suzanne Reisler Litwin is an instructor at Concordia University in The Centre for Continuing Education. She is a writing instructor at The Cummings Centre. She writes a weekly column in The Suburban Newspaper and at the West Island Blog. Suzanne is a freelance contributor to The Suburban Newspaper, West Island Blog, Wise Women Canada, The Metropolitain, and Women on the Fence. She is the author of the children’s book, The Black Velvet Jacket. Visit suzannereislerlitwin.com to read more of her published articles, books, and poetry.