Sunday, August 9, 2009

Thinking Small....

Perhaps it is the small things--done consistently--that cause the greatest impact and change in our lives and the world around us.

Not every life is provided opportunity to accomplish great works, to do the big stuff. And not every opportunity provided is explored and utilized. So how do we live ordinary lives in a way that, at the end of the road, has made a difference?

Many years ago I began running every day. Oh, don't be impressed. I ran for about 5 minutes and walked for 10 or 15. And never increased the effort. But I did it religiously--a stress relief at the time--and found that the consistency had huge payoffs. What those tiny runs did for my body was amazing. And what they did for my soul was a sweet blessing.

But the biggest gift of all was the realization that there is tremendous strength in the small things we do consistently--those small decisions that, over time, move us in a certain direction---whether or not that is where we thought we were going.

Have you ever been in a situation that causes you to think, "How the heck did I end up here?" It's usually not because of one big decision or event, but often the result of all the little choices we've made along the way that have guided us there. Sometimes this is a good thing! And sometimes not.

Mother Theresa said something like,"We can do no great things, just small things with great love." Perhaps the one is what leads to the other. The small, loving acts, done consistently, over time lead to something great. Something out of view at the beginning.

In a culture of "big is better and bigger best", I think maybe we've gotten it all wrong. Perhaps the biggest source of power, in our lives and in our world, is the mindful contemplation of the small choices we make. Choices of kindness, caring, and compassion, the intent to be a positive force, if a small one. For just as negativity can spread and grow like cancer, so can all that is positive and good create its own powerful energy.

The little things DO matter. And, interestingly enough, they are sometimes the easiest to accomplish. Something to think about.

1 comment:

  1. I so agree! And I love the quote from Mother Theresa.