Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On Small Things

"There's nothing wrong with living small, with having little dreams and being happy in tiny spaces (both metaphoric and literal). There's nothing shameful in finding the greatest happiness in the minuscule moments that make up most of life.

Don't get me wrong - some are born for earth-changing things, for rocking the boat, for shattering perceptions. And if you are one of those people, don't let anything stop you - don't let anyone talk you down from great heights.

But if you find that your heart is happy in the beautiful everyday, fulfilled and nourished and made whole, don't let anyone talk you out of your joy. Some of us are born to be the steady ones, the ones who restore order and comb the hair after naps and sing the lullabies. Earthquakes change the landscape of the world, but so do quiet streams, given enough time. Sometimes the boat needs a good rocking, but sometimes it needs a gentle hand on the tiller to keep the crew sailing safely. Sometimes people's perceptions need to be shattered, but sometimes what we need the most is for someone to mold those perceptions in the first place, to teach that the world can be kind and just, and that we make it so."

- Entry from my journal last year

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