Aug 172013

Measure a small thing A Small Thing: A #FiveMinuteFriday Meditation

I wasn’t sure I felt up to going out until my friend called to say, “I’ll pick you up.” A small thing, but it mattered—a lot.

Buying a souvenir in a tourist shop in New Orleans, a youth wearing a mission trip t-shirt heard the words, “Thank you for not forgetting about us. Thank you for coming to help.”  Just a small thing, normal southern hospitality, but two sentences made an 18-hour trip worthwhile.

Receiving a card in the mail, a smile during a chaotic shift, a wink across a room, or a pretty bauble picked up at a flea market—all small things, but actually quite big.

Hearing my child crying in the street and running outside to find a neighbor we barely know already assisting him. A little thing maybe, but also enormous.

Hummingbird is a small thingA glimpse of a humming bird, the angelic face of a sleeping whirling dervish child, a kiss from my soul mate (I mean my husband, not my dog, in case anyone’s confused)—all these small things loom large in my heart.

Here’s to the immensity of a small thing…

Today’s post is part of Lisa-Jo Baker’s “Five Minute Friday. Each Friday she broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to write for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s prompt: Story

Five Minute Friday#FiveMinuteFriday

“No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.”

  6 Responses to “The Immensity of a Small Thing”

  1. Dropping in from FMF–your hummingbird photo caught my eye :). Thank you for reminding me that small gestures make a big difference–and we never know who’s life our small gesture might touch. I’ve been distracted by the hummers at the feeder outside my office window all morning. They look like little flying butterballs as they plump up to start their migration :).

  2. You’re so right ~ so many small things in life are actually very big. Glad to have found your blog!

    • Thanks Kera. The fact that other FMF writers take the time to write a comment is another one of those big little things. 🙂

  3. Hi Laura,

    They are all important things, aren’t they. Even though they are “small.”

    I just found your comment on my page. Sorry it took me so long to visit you, you had put two links in your comment and it went directly to Spam. It’s a default on Disqus.

    • Hi Kim,
      Wow, thanks for telling me about the 2 links. I usually add my website and twitter– I bet a lot of comments have been going to spam.

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