Big Things

I’m nicking this quote from my big sister’s blog, just because it’s so inspiring – the quote and her blog, not to mention my sister herself!! 😉

It made me want to rush out and start doing big things.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

We all have our own ideas of what “big things” means … at times mine has included being a missionary in Ecuador, a dr in Africa, the owner of a life-saving radio in Papua New Guinea, a nurse on a children’s cancer ward, an aid-worker in Asia, a MAF worker in the Sudan, a street-worker in the estates of Manchester … you know, those “big things”.

Over the years I have come to realise that the “big things” that can be done in life yes, include all of the above, but it also means being the receptionist at the surgery who makes sure every patient leaves feeling a little better about themselves, the teacher who has a positive word for every child in her class, the mother who’s little boy knows he can rush towards her and be guaranteed open arms and love, the stranger that smiles at you on a rainy day, the wife that cooks supper when she’s exhausted because she knows her husband is over-stressed, the friend who encourages a friend bogged down with life, the sister who’s always ready to laugh with her siblings, the neighbour who stops to talk with the old lady next door … you know, those “little things” that actually make a big difference, often more than we will ever get to find out.

Those are the “big things” that I’m going to carry on doing right now. Maybe one day I’ll get to be a support worker in a young people’s detention center, one day. But every day, starting with today, I can be doing “big things”.

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