Friday, March 12, 2010

More about ordinary things

Artist: Émile Schuffenecker

Many people believe that they ought to put a lot of thought and effort into the so-called big decisions of life: which university to attend, what kind of job to take, where to live, whether or not to marry or enter religious life. And, sadly, they often don't give much attention to the apparently "little" decisions: the tone of voice they use in greeting someone, making eye contact, whether or not to take frustration out on their children or companion animals, how much time and money to donate to church or charity.

I would assert that the "little things" are not little and the "big things" are not big:

Do not forget that the nature and interest of life is not so much to do conspicuous things as to do ordinary things with a perception of their enormous value.

~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

1 comment:

  1. Those of us who don't think that something like a cat that licks itself and then kisses us is something that should be considered delightful, not dirty, call these things "pets".
    If you had rats in the basement, would you call them "tenent animals"?


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