“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies” – Mother Teresa
I came across this quote this morning and was reminded how true it is. Although, for me, it’s not so much about strength but about happiness, or peace, or contentment.
I spent many years in “self help” and “personal development” workshops looking for my passion or purpose or thing that I was born to do. I was looking for this big thing that I thought I would recognise once I saw it and it would make me happy or give my life meaning or answer the puzzle of what to do with life.
Then I gave up looking and in the space that opened up I noticed more and more that the little things were what made me really happy. Little in the sense of being everyday or what I looked upon as ordinary.
Nowadays, many of these things I see as extraordinary – how much I love being with my family, the simple pleasure of sharing coffee and cake with friends, rain falling in front of verdant green trees, the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, children’s laughter.
Such things were always there but I missed them because I thought I needed to find something more important or meaningful in order to be happy. I was so wrong.
Now I see that the “small” things are really the big things I was looking for, the big things in disguise.
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