Thursday, October 27, 2016

Day 27: The next thing.

This is Day 27 of the 31 Days of Small series. 

A catastrophe occurred.  

It was huge, it was messy, and it was not ok.  

It was frustrating and wrong and bad. 

And you look around at the stuff and realize you're standing in the middle of it.  

It's exhausting. 

So, just do the next thing.  

Whatever is logical.  Whatever is productive.  

Get low.  Get small. 

And just do the next thing. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Day 26: Goliath.

This is Day 26 of the 31 Days of Small series. 

She has been handed a tremendous weight and she feels the responsibility on her shoulders.  It's overwhelming and it's huge and she can feel the pressure as she rises to the occasion.  She feels small and unsure--can she handle this job?  Can she be trusted with this opportunity?  Shouldn't someone else step up to the plate--can she really be the one destined for this time?  

Mary and Esther and all those ladies.  
Lesley and Jill and all those ladies.  
And all those men, too.

Sometimes those big, crushing things are the ones that teach us how to fly.  When we recognize the importance and the severity of the situation--sometimes it's the very thing that lets us stand tall in our smallness.  Those jobs.  Those opportunities.  Those diseases.  Those failures.  Those chances.  

You have to recognize your Goliath.  

You have to give it a name and you have to respect it. 

You can be small and see the situation for what it is.

But that doesn't mean you have to take it lying down.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

31 Days: Accept

This is Day 25 of the 31 Days of Small series. 

If you had told me that I wouldn't write all 31 days of this challenge, I would have done my best to prove you wrong.  I don't like admitting that I'm human like the rest of us, and I hate to not follow through when I accept an assignment. 

However, there are times when it's necessary to step back and step aside and regroup.  Smallness means that we are, in fact, weak and don't have all of the answers.  

Man, I really hate that feeling. 

But this smallness is good. It helps me remember my priorities and it strips me down to what is the most important in a primal way.  Small reminds me what is necessary for survival, and what can fall to the side.   

Love your people and take care of your family.  
Go to work, pay the bills.
Be kind to yourself and those around you. 

Pray and stay small.  

That's what really matters. 


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