About a week ago before I got sidelined from about 50 chigger bites (but that's another story for another day) I cut down two trees that were growing very weirdly (is weirdly a word?) in my yard. They were skinny and tall with all kinds of shoots springing up from the ground. My dad said they grow that way because they are being crowded, dwarfed by larger trees. They are reaching upward for the light and can't develop properly. I cut them down using a tool that sliced into the many branches easily. It took a while to do and I was left with a large pile of debris to get rid of.
As I sorted through the branches today cutting them into smaller pieces to bag them, I thought about the way we get things done. Little by little. Sometimes one tiny bit at a time. Just moving forward one step, sometimes one inch at a time.
I've always seen parallels of my spiritual journey in the physical world. And I'm most apt to recognize those parallels when I'm doing something physical by myself. A big chore can seem like too much to handle until we break it down into parts. What's important is that we begin.... and continue moving in the right direction.
So I began... and didn't intend to finish today, but I did. My goal was to begin but once I did I just kept at it.
So my new motto is that everyday we can do something... just a little bit to move forward. Sometimes we finish a job. Sometimes we just keep moving in the right direction because there is no actual end to it even though much good can be accomplished along the way. It can be anything done thoughtfully.
exercise a little more
eat a little healthier
pray a little more
be a little more compassionate
come closer to forgiving
rake a small pile of leaves, trim one bush
make the world a little more beautiful
call one person who is lonely
smile more often
laugh at someone's dumb joke
read something positive
walk a little quicker
listen a little longer
be a little more patient
This list could go on and on......
We all walk different paths and are on different journeys. I've discovered we may really want to blaze a trail and yet things don't always go our way. Someone can even walk down a certain path and have smooth sailing while another can travel the same path and have tons of adversity while doing it. Why? It's a mystery and life isn't always fair... and things happen.
So let it go and let God sort all that out.
Just do something every day.... to move in the right direction.
We'll get there... and do a lot of good along the way.