In some circles, it is believed that the universe began with a tiny spark, a spanda, a moment that led to the creation of the planets, earth, life, and all the things we enjoy. Whether you believe the spark or Big Bang theory, what matters is that in each human heart, in each living thing is a spark that propels us forward to achieve, to live. We all have the beginnings of greatness in us. It starts with a tiny thought, an action, a belief, a passion, and from there all things grow, becoming our reality; who we are meant or destined to be.
“A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.” Swami Sivananda Saraswati
This photo project was inspiring and thought provoking because it reminded me of the beauty and power of tiny things; the first seedling, the tiny worker ant, a fly perched on a leaf resting before it took flight, the many forms of life unseen, unvarnished, seeking to contribute their part to the whole. It reminded me of the Parable of The Mustard Seed, the tale of David and Goliath… even Tiny Tim. I added a few shots of the tiniest of things that called my attention. Enjoy them and do share your insights. My Farewell to Oprah and more below.
“I think that if you keep banging at the door all you need is a little foothold, a little tiny foothold, and then the rest will take care of itself.” Branford Marsalis
How often do we stop and take a closer look at the tiny things around us? It is assumed that we see or notice everything; but do we…? Do we marvel at the tiny hairs on a leaf? the stamen in a flower? the effort of worker ants ferrying food and more from one spot to another..? All of these things add to the continuum we call life; each a valuable contribution and none more valued than the other. Our tiny sparks light other candles, and Oprah’s life work has been a testament to that fact.
Thank you for 25 years of wit, wisdom and grace. Over the years, I turned to your wisdom for solace and you didn’t disappoint me. You epitomized the saying, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” You served, you shared and you serenaded us… May your light continue to be a beacon of hope for all.
Today, you said that we all have a calling to fulfill. I agree, but the greater lesson is that you not only answered your calling to greatness, you took that first step; you showed up daily. God is good all the time!
I saw Oprah’s final show this evening and what resonated in my heart was that each day she answered her calling, she answered God’s mighty plan for her by taking that first tiny step. Yes, we are all destined for greatness, but we must first show up; we must then take that first tiny step. “A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.” Dante Alighieri What a revelation this exercise on “Tiny” has been! And so it is… 🙂
What are your thoughts? What tiny images did you capture this week? Was this week’s photo project easy or hard? Do share?
Positive Motivation Tip: If the universe began with a tiny spark, we all have the beginnings of greatness in us. It starts with a tiny thought. Explore it.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.