Published November 2017
Trifles Make Greatness.
A friend once called on Michelangelo, the great artist, who was in the process of finishing a statue. Some time afterward, he called again and the sculptor was still at his work.
His friend, looking at the fine figure, exclaimed: “Nothing much has changed. You must have been idle since I last came.”
“By no means,” replied the sculptor. I have retouched this part and polished that; I have softened this feature and brought out this muscle; I have given more expression to this lip and more energy to that limb.”
“Well,” said his friend, “these are all trifles.”
“It may be so,” replied Michelangelo, “but I believe that trifles make greatness and greatness is no trifle.”
Greatness is found in a concern for some of the trifles in life.
- A little card of congratulations.
- A few words of encouragement.
- A short expression of condolence.
- A small donation.
- A short hospital visit.
- A brief prayer.
All these trifles add up to greatness.
Happy Thanksgiving Day.
Rabbi Alvin Kass
Chief Chaplain of the NYPD