There are so many times in life when we get caught up in life’s merry-go-round and who can blame us? Each day brings us new options to consider, sometimes new challenges, sometimes good news and sadly, sometimes things we would rather not hear or be faced with. Then there are the ordinary days – the mundane days, when we forget to ‘live in the present’ as they say, and get side-tracked, perhaps have a moan about the rubbish bins not being emptied or grumble about the weather being too hot, too cold, too wet etc… Often, we start the day with good intentions, but then life gets in the way. Even on good days, we can forget what’s really important.
Whatever challenges we face, big or small, we can’t be expected to deal with everything perfectly well all the time. We can wobble. Who doesn’t ? Even the most highly respected gurus (it is interesting that in Sanskrit, guru means ‘dispeller of darkness’) can have the odd day when they question what is going on in the world.
The world is going through so much change, we are all going through change. How can we remain optimistic? I think it is by shifting our focus from time to time, even in dire or worrying situations, and looking for the small things, the little things that keep us going. I like to think there are tiny particles of hope floating in the air, ready to encircle us in times of need!
The Small Things are the Best Things The small things are the best things, Like the comfort your smile brings, And the dancing in silly ways That chases away the dingy days. The hedges in the lane Are covered with flowers That grow for free, A willing gift for you and me. The small things fill life's empty spaces, Kindness is revealed in unexpected places And in your words softly spoken, That ease the heart so nearly broken. Sometimes the world wears a muddled face And everything feels out of place But there are moments when it feels okay And the moon smiles down at the end of the day, And like the imagined flash of an Angel's wing A small thing will mean everything. L.M.H.