I love small things, little things. A few years ago I sat in church at the funeral of a dear, sweetheart of a woman* I miss her*. The last time I ever saw her alive was when our band went to her house to sing some of her favourite songs to her, as she lay in bed dying. It seemed like a little thing to sing her some songs, but it wasn't-- it was a huge thing disguised as a little thing. We all stood around her bed in a circle to sing. It was hard, the emotion was crackling in the air and stabbing at our hearts. I climbed into bed with her. She couldn't talk much at that point, but she grabbed onto me and didn't want to release me. She looked so small in that big bed, so little. Anyway, at her funeral her husband talked about how her life was all about 'the little things' I took that to heart and i listened to him talk about how the love of his life made lives better with all the little things that she did and all the things that she said and how these precious little things all piled up to build this lovely legacy.
Isn't that so perfect? To think that you can live a life made up of little things and you can make a difference that way. Sometimes it seems there's this pressure people feel to make a big splash in life, in this world, win a Nobel prize, succeed in business, be known, do something 'important' and noticeable. The world has its high voltage luminaries, but it also has it 'votive candles'. . little lights that cast a warm, beautiful glow.
The secret is not in the long range plan or the 7 successful habits for financial freedom. It isn't investment portfolios. Its not about acclaim or degrees. Its not the curriculum vitae or the accumen. Its not lifestyles of the rich and famous. Its not celebrity or recognizability. Its not in accumulation and acquisition. My friends knew the secret and they're right, it is in all the little things. . . little looks, a smile, a wink; little words - 3 in particular. . little deeds, good ones, kind ones; small moments that bring big realizations, small steps, little changes.
I like 'small' because it gets my attention and it has this capacity to contain 'bigness' within itself -- it fakes me out every time. Wisdom from the mouths of children, a lifetime of love conveyed in a look, a touch; eternity hidden in our hearts, a massive tree contained in a little acorn.
yep, good things do come in small packages - some cliches are just so true.