Photo courtesy of Allison Day
We can not do great things. We can only do little things with great love.
Monday was turning out to be one of those days. You know the ones I mean. Mondays are famous for them. The kind of day that no matter hard you told yourself you were going to “Go out and make it a GREAT DAY” The universe seemed to have something else in store.
The To Do List kept adding things to its bottom faster then I could scratch things off of its top. I somehow made the foolish mistake of beginning the week out of coffee. On top of that, every time I started a project or task I seemed for one reason or another to get distracted or pulled into something else.
By mid-day I looked around to see a scattered array of both personal and business tasks in various states of completion all demanding my attention at once. My level of frustration was growing, my level of creativity was dropping and commitment to Live Inspired was faltering.
“Forget it” I said to Deb. “I give up. I am useless today. I can’t seem to do anything right.”
Deb was quick with the encouragement, but even so, I had drilled myself pretty far down into the doldrums.
Then the mail came.
And in the mail a little tiny white box full of fun.
Just for me. From my darling wonderful friend Allison.
Not diamonds, not pearls, not superman to fix my struggling day, it was a small box of rice candy. Something she thought I might like to try, something she thought might brighten my day.
It did. Instantly.
My perspective changed. A smile broke out on my face. I popped one tiny orange papery candy right in my mouth and laughed as the strange paper melted in my mouth. I sucked on the new sweet experience, letting it melt down on my tongue as I marveled at my delightful friend who takes the time to bless her friends with these little tokens of her affection and love.
Because you see, I know I’m not the only one.
It’s just the way she is. She sends cookies. Or candy. Or maybe a note. Or tokens of care to people she thinks of to bless. She is a bearer of little bits of joy that she mails all over the world that make big splashes of love and happiness everywhere they land.
And does little things with great love, just like Mother Teresa said.
Allison inspires me. She reminds me that its the little moments that encourage us. That encourage each other. She reminds me that I too can take just a few moments out of my day to think of others, send them a card, a token of love, an e-mail, a smile. A hug.
That little box of Rice Candy has sat on my desk brightening my entire week. I may keep the colorful box even when the last sweet candy is gone. As a reminder.
It’s the little things we do that spread the most love.