THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS
"Who hath despised the day of small things?" asks Bible wisdom for more than 2500 years now. Certainly not Carla of Trondheim, certainly not anybody with a magnifying glass, certainly not us, intuitively remembering how it feels when small things have been done well. Small things done with great love.
The patience while waiting in line, the grace in repeating something for the umpteenth time, the awareness of beauty in mundane moments, the gratitude of Life itself. Truly, the small is the mighty. But why is this so?
Where is good? Where is harmony? Well - if we can accept that we are part of the stupendous whole of Spirit, everything good is linked. It must be where we are. Mary Baker Eddy writes, that creation "consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity [...]."
So one way to grasp the infinite is honoring the infinitesimal. Everything good, everything constructive - however small - is proof that good, Spirit, is for real. It doesn't matter how tiny it is - it represents something enormous. It represents as much the Creator who is breathing spiritually entire galaxies into existence as do A flat major, foxes, strawberry ice cream and Sonnets. Everyone, every animal, everything in God’s universe is a miracle, a little galaxy in itself. It is in itself infinitesimal again, a compound idea with infinite elements of individual nature. So can anything be too insignificant for consideration?
We take a magnifying glass and take a closer look. First at things, then at events and people. Can you hold the magnifying glass to thoughts as well and find the good seed? And stick with it until it takes root? Can you be consistent enough to see even in the individual which seems to challenge you something good? Can you link this individual to the divine source, too? Can you also include language and replace negative responses and thoughtless phrases - cutting off possibilities for growth - with active good? I started little self-experiments years ago, going like this: don't use certain words with a downward trend, never complain about the weather, don't ever refer to anyone's age, don't delve longer than needed on any negative event without seeing the potential for a learning curve. I am also up much earlier than ever because I need all the time I can get for the joy of life.
If you live "the day of small things", everyday life turns into a holiday. The closer you move to objects – the more the objects disappear for the spiritual qualities immediately to appear. Bloom, order, possibilities. Can you see that you are characterized by infinitesimal good? Now look around and feel the energy of Spirit, an infinite replenishment of wonder.
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In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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