This season is a time of wishing for peace on earth. Often, it seems like an overwhelming goal for anyone to even begin! When I’m feeling helpless about how I can affect change in the world in anyway, I remember a question asked of Mother Teresa. The inquiry was how she managed to help all those children over many years. In paraphrasing, her answer was that she simply focused on helping one child at a time. Over the years, the number of people she helped grew very large, but each moment she worked just to help the one child in front of her.
I love that answer because we all tend to get ahead of ouselves. It’s good to have big goals, but it’s also important to break it down into smaller, manageable tasks. In order to bring peace on earth I believe if we all practice to do one thing each day to bring peace to ourselves or someone else, it will grow into a new way of thinking and acting that will seem automatic to generations that follow us.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa