We are now two days through our new schedule. We have 10 new classrooms and a number of new homes for teachers and staff throughout the building. We have a new LMS and way to communicate with our students. I know it doesn’t need to be said, but we have a lot of change going on this year. It’s overwhelming. On the home front, it’s always a big transition for my family, especially my wife, Anne. She continues to homeschool our kids (ages 10, 8, and 4), and it’s a rough move from having me around all of the time to me virtually disappearing. As we’ve been working through the transition this year, we’ve been struck by remembering the little things. During changes it’s easy to fall into thinking that if something doesn’t work in the transition then it’s a complete failure. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. A little change, the beginning of a new habit, is an important step. We don’t have to have it mastered right away.
As I’ve been reflecting on my conversations with Anne, I noticed that I’ve been drawn to St Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower. In her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, she often talked about paying attention to the small things that you do. Do them with intentionality. Do them, most importantly, with love. You don’t have to make grand gestures to make an impact. Every smile, every step, every Dad joke, do it with love. It’ll be these small things that will help your colleagues and your students, step by step, to adjust to all of the changes. Ultimately, it will also help make Jesus known and loved.
Here are some quotes from St Therese:
You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.
Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.
Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
What small thing can you do today? At the end of the day, what’s your small victory? If you can cherish the small in the face of being overwhelmed, it’s only a matter of time before you can cherish the big.