Something Small


Sometimes, all it takes is something small to make something big happen.
A smile can lead to a lifetime together.
A handshake can seal a deal.
A reaching across can heal divisions.

In his book “Small is Beautiful”,
E.F. Schumacher wrote about what economics would be
if people really mattered.
He proposed, “Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology
towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and beautiful.”

As it is, the modern world is organized
around ever increasing consumption that is not sustainable.
This mind-set of ever increasing consumption and materialism
gives rise to the thinking that
bigger is better and size matters.
It is the mind-set that gave rise to the one-sided bail-out of big financial institutions
(“too big to fail”) to the detriment of millions of small homeowners.

Schumacher also wrote, “Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful.”
Human health is maintained by small doses of essential micro nutrients.
The Big Bang that gave rise to the universe must have started with a tiny spark.
Today is the feast day of St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
She never left her convent and spent most of her life
doing seemingly small and insignificant things.
Yet, she is a Doctor of the Church and a patroness of the missions.
She tried to do small things in a grand fashion.

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” 
― St. Thérèse de Lisieux


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