July 9, 2010

Remember The Small Things

Mother Teresa's words:

Some of my sisters work in Australia. On a reservation, among the Aborigines, there was an elderly man. I can assure you that you have never seen a situation as difficult as that poor old man's. He was completely ignored by everyone. His home was disordered and dirty. I told him, "Please, let me clean your house, wash your clothes, and make your bed." He answered, "I'm okay like this. Let it be."

I said again, "You will be still better if you allow me to do it." He finally agreed. So I was able to clean his house and wash his clothes. I discovered a beautiful lamp, covered with dust. Only God knows how many years had passed since he last lit it. I said to him, "Don't you light your lamp? Don't you ever use it?" He answered, "No. No one comes to see me. I have no need to light it. Who would I light it for?" I asked, "Would you light it every night if the sisters came?" He replied, "Of course."

From that day on the sisters committed themselves to visiting him every evening. We cleaned the lamp, and the sisters would light it every evening. Two years passed. I had completely forgotten that man. He sent this message: "Tell my friend that the light she lit in my life continues to shine still." I thought it was a very small thing. We often neglect small things.

My Thoughts
When I was reading this story of Mother Teresa, I was looking at my life to see how much difference people have made in my life, by doing small things, to enable me to reach where I am today. When I remember all those little things, I am overwhelmed with gratitude to God and to all those lovely persons around me – I owe it all to them.

Today I have learnt in my life that it is small things that matters and makes a world of difference.


  1. Hi- This is a lovely story - thanks for sharing it...lots of lessons to learn from it. Your insight too was good. Looking forward to a lot more personal posts from you :)

  2. Thanks Corinne, you have always been kind, appreciate you for being in touch, love, janet


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