A Small Life Lived

Small is relative.

 

We could stop there or poke the edges a bit by asking a more intriguing question – relative to what?

 

“Big” obviously springs to mind. But what if we look at small within the context of who we are relative to who we could be?

Things suddenly get interesting.

 

Small Within Bigger

 

Once we become aware of living smaller or less than we could be, nothing is the same again. Longing fueled by not knowing takes on a life of its own.

We feel small in the recognition of being here instead of the what-can-only-be-imagined there. Time drags on forever with nary a change in sight.

We all too easily find ourselves frozen in the asking of “what now?” – do we keep going or shut down looking out over the expanse to where we should be.

 

The minutest of cracks can shift everything. What if we feel small from the place of being part of something bigger?

 

Remember the times you’ve gazed at the Milky Way on a warm summer night, held a newborn in your arms, or breathed in the stillness of a lake just after dawn.

In those moments we know we’re not in this alone. Any of this.

Freedom appears.

 

Small within – not in opposition to – the space of much, much bigger allows us to let go and be fueled by something greater than ourselves.

We don’t have to carry the entire load, just be our part.

We don’t have to figure out the whole thing, we just need to show up.

We don’t need to be frozen in “what now?”, we can ask “where to next?”

 

We are navigating this journey with more than ourselves. Being wholly our small part weaves into a much bigger part of the whole.

 

Feeling small gives us the guts to create something bigger, bigger than ourselves. The small feeling … comes from dancing with our muse and allowing our inspiration to take us somewhere the resistance would rather avoid.

Seth Godin

 

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Lorraine

Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.

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