Desmond Tutu said, "Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."
Sure, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in '84, but it doesn't take a prestigious award to know Truth when you hear it.
It's easy to think that the world is going crazy, because it is! And at the same time, I am constantly reminded of all that's good in the world. There is much good. Overwhelming good.
In my little corner of the world I am surrounded by people who give and give and give. They quietly go about doing good. And usually it's unnoticed, unless you're the lucky recipient.
A friend pointed out to me that maybe it's because I live in a farming community. Hard workers. They don't talk the talk, they walk the walk (talking wastes time). They get to work. They DO good. I think she's right (Thanks, Kate).
That got me wondering, what little bit of good am I doing in the world?
Too often I think I'm not contributing much. I see a lot of amazing people changing the world. Sometimes I think, when will it be my turn?
Then, someone wise, like my mom or Desmond Tutu:), steps in and sets things right.
My little bit of good is not earth-shattering, it's more the every-day's-of-life kind of stuff. Showing kindness. Desiring to raise my children well. Smiling or making someone laugh (because I do a lot of unintentionally funny things). Encouraging another in her pursuits. Never withholding a kind word. Kissing my babies. Being cheerful. Keeping my home clean. Being loyal to my hubs. Forgiving (usually my "sweet" children when they aren't so sweet). Keeping my word.
Boy, I could go on forever, but my point is this: by doing the seemingly small things, GREAT things are brought to pass. Okay, that's totally a scripture (Alma 37:6). The small things are passed along. They're shared and as a result, spread like wildfire. That's how they "overwhelm the world." It's one massive domino-effect.
I want to be a part of that. And I can be. Everyone can, if we stop looking beyond what we can touch and focus on what's right in front of us. The goodness in the every-days.
Sheesh, talk about the evolution of a blog post. Where did that come from? All I really wanted to do was post some cutie-patootie photos of Sam. I hope you don't mind. He was just so cute laying there, patiently, while I showered this morning. That was HIS little bit of good for the day. Wait, I take that back. He IS my little bit of good. Every. Day.