Reflections on a Vocational Happenstance
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." - Mother Theresa
I am not in agreement with Mother Theresa on all questions, but I hope she was right about small things, because today I need a respite from worrying about big things.
Today I will be mindful of the small things I can control and have faith in their goodness.
I will take comfort in knowing that yesterday I finished knitting a blanket that will keep a new baby warm. With my own hands and one at a time, today I will make thousands of new stitches, continuing work on a sweater that will soon be keeping my daughter warm. Knitting is about warmth. And love. I will remind myself and take comfort.
Of course I will be unable to shelter my beleaguered brain completely. In a few minutes I will go out to fetch the New York Times from the stoop and I will see the headlines. The television will be on at some point today and I will hear the rancorous language that saturates our political process. I will read online today that yet another someone has died because of irresponsible gun ownership, and also that somewhere an explosion -undoubtedly detonated in the name of God or Peace- has killed dozens. I will walk past a person sleeping in the subway and feel helpless. I will read about gravitational waves and feel small.
But I will also wrap myself in the warmth of my knitting. I will find strength by virtue of faithful devotion to small things. Today I will work and be comforted.