“It is a serious thing, just to be alive on this fresh morning, in this broken world.” ~ Mary Oliver
Years ago, I sat down for lunch, next to a young villager in India, I asked this young man about his work. He smiled and said, “Well, it’s hard to describe. It’s a bit like the sparrow in that fable. As the story goes, the sky is falling down and all the creatures are fleeing. The sparrow thinks to itself, ‘I want to help. But what can I do? I’m just a sparrow.’ Then, the sparrow has a flash of brilliance – it lies on its back and points its two feet towards the sky. ‘What are you doing, Little Sparrow?’ others ask. ‘Well, I’ve heard the sky is falling, and so I’m doing my little bit to hold it up.'” After a pause, my new friend adds, “That’s what I try to do too each day.” – by Nipun Mehta
I think we forget the huge impact that small gestures create in our broken world. To remember that we are all connected, and when we live and act with kindness, miracles can happen. Mother Teresa called humility the “mother of all virtues” and reminded us, “We can do no great things. Only small things with great love.”
Each and every morning is another opportunity to start again, and to create a better world with our attitude and our actions. That anyone can find greatness in giving, no matter how small. We know then that our job is simply to be like the sparrow, and do our little bit to hold up the sky.