Doing Small Things With Great Love

“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, and indescribably magnificent world in itself”

Henry Miller

“We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.”

Mother Teresa


Soon we shall breathe our last breath. Meanwhile, while we endure, while we are among human beings, let us cultivate humanity. Let us be the cause of fear, of danger to no one. Let us despise harms, injustices, abuses, and taunts and bear with a large soul our brief inconveniences.

Seneca (Roman poet ca 41 BCE -65 CE)


“You’ve got a lot of money saved,

No use takin’ it all to the grave,

Ain’t worth nothin’ if your not feelin’ fine.”

from “A Little Bit” by Madeleine Peyroux

Our lives will not last forever, but that is good. We must live with our minds and spirits open to the world, not dwell upon slights and pains, miseries and miser’s gains. Every moment contains possible miracles. We must hold on fiercely to each moment until we have no more. What will it matter in the end, if we are in debt or have a huge fortune or anything in between, if we have not been truly present for our lives. Our lives are our fortune, all else is empty illusion.

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