A smile. A touch. Holding out your hand. Taking a moment to listen. Sharing a story. Giving a book. Knitting a beanie. Serving a cuppa. Small things.
In the small acts there is great power.
It is easy to get lost in big visions. We see problems and issues that are so big that we think we can’t possibly do anything about it. After all, “who am I to change the world?” Over the past 2 years, I have interviewed many people on my podcast, Social Mission Revolution. They all have big visions. They are all passionate about making a big difference in the area that has called them. They have seen that there is something that needs to be done and they are the one to do this.
They could easily get lost in this idea. It could easily be a case of “this is a great idea, but it’s too big for me.” However, something greater has spurred them on. From the outside you might think they are superhuman. You might think that they have some special attribute or special quality. That they have the ability to make things happen. “They have something that I don’t.”
The more I dive deep into these stories and get to know these people, I see that they are just like you and me. The only difference is that they listened to what is calling their heart and followed it.
There is a saying “Can’t see the forest for the trees.” Sometimes it can be the other way around. We are so engrossed in looking at the forest, that we can’t see the trees. The vision can be so great, so huge, that it is impossible to fathom. When you are standing on the ground and you are trying to see the whole forest and affect that, we can miss the fullness of it.
When we start taking time to look at what is before us, the tree, we start to see the intricacies of it. It is a whole ecosystem within itself. There are insects and plants, birds and animals who feed on it and depend on it for shelter.
When you take time to look at just one tree, you can find something that you can do. You can care for it. You can make a difference to it, as you do, other things begin to change around it. It ripples out to the whole forest.
There are big things in the world that need to be attended to. No-one can deny that. However, it just takes that one small step to get started. Everyone of the people I have spoken to, have started with one small step. They have just offered a hand, reached out to someone, given what they could.
We all have been given our gifts and these are all we need to make a difference. Whether it be reaching out your hand, a word of encouragement, or a friendly smile. For someone, that can change their world.
As we look forward to 2021 there are great opportunities before us and new visions to explore. While we can look at the whole forest and take in the beauty of it, take time to look around you. Take in the trees. Choose your tree and ask, “What do you need from me to become a forest.”
Whatever is in your heart that is calling you to do, do it. Just remember, in small acts there is great power.