Loving in Little Ways

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”  Mother Teresa

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”  Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is known for her charity, her grace, her humility and her love.  She understood things about life and people that most of us wouldn’t grasp in a lifetime.  So many of us want our kids or ourselves to be sports stars, to be rich as sultans, to be famous as big movie stars, and live lives of big dreams.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s healthy to think and dream big.  In fact dreaming is essential to having a fulfilled and enjoyable life.  But there’s something that’s missing when we only focus on the big picture.  Some of us may conquer the world, but all of us have the opportunity to make the lives of those around us that much richer.

When we take the time to love in little ways, to show we care each day, to tell the truth in love, we’re making a difference in a way that may not seem as important as if we were curing AIDS or resolving world hunger, yet to those you’re taking time to love it may be.  To your kids and your partner your love, your attention, your affection means the world.  To your employees, the people under you at work, your patience and generosity means an easier day at a job that may really challenge them.  Your choice to love rather than ignore, love rather than fight, or love rather than distract, creates the opportunity for healthy, happy, thriving relationships.

I was reminded recently that if we want a better future we have to do something in the present.  The future isn’t shaped  by the future, but by the past.  If we want our grandchildren to grow up in a better world, we have to do something about it now.  I don’t know about you, but I want to do my best to make sure that my kids and grandchildren will grow up confident in themselves and believing that the world isn’t all bad but rather a place for them to learn, love and grow.

Who will you love today?

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