For the first time in 3 months I was able to put my underpants on standing up! (I usually don’t share this personal routine, but it happened to be an AHA moment. God does work in mysterious ways.)
Before my hip surgery/recovery, I breezed through life, taking normal abilities for granted, not giving any thought to habitual actions. This healing process has given me a new understanding of just how important the little things are in life.
I usually focus on new career goals, job responsibilities, projects, and big accomplishments, overlooking the insignificant. I’m off to write books and save the world.
But life is like a kaleidoscope, as it twists and turns it brings new colors, shapes and designs into focus. This new awareness of the seemingly unimportant will serve me well as I mature physically and spiritually.
As we age, the big goals morph into smaller intentions. Books become grocery lists and saving the world comes down to being kind to the ones I’m with!
But don’t overlook the real importance of these smaller actions. You have an impact no matter how small and diminished your contribution seems.
“You may think that you are completely insignificant in this world. But someone drinks coffee every morning from the favorite cup that you gave them. Someone heard a song on the radio that reminded them of you. Someone read the book you recommended, and plunged headfirst into it. Someone remembered your joke and smiled! Someone loves himself a little more, because you gave them a compliment. Never think that you have no influence whatsoever. Your trace, which you leave behind with even a few good deeds cannot be erased.” –Christina Makeyeva
I’d like to think that being aware of these smaller incidents will make us more patient, kinder, more tolerant, more forgiving, more honest, grateful, charitable, humble, compassionate and resilient, putting life into its bigger perspective. Remember:
“The Lord likes small things best, especially those done with love.” –Mother Teresa