Don’t underestimate the little

I was cleaning my car out the other day.

It’s something I do routinely now.

My life can be chaotic and busy to the point of distraction,

But I know that if the little is left,

It becomes bigger,

Which inevitably involves more of my time and energy resolving it.

I discovered empty bottles and food scraps.

I found an earring I had lost.

Apart from the great feeling of having a clean car once more,

And of finding lost things,

I have realised that if I clean it once a week,

The little that I do saves stress, time and energy in the long run.

I think it’s that way with life too.

If we chip away at the little it goes a long away.

If we leave the little,

It builds up and becomes much bigger than we had intended.

Perhaps we need the encouragement to address the little,

And to speak to the little.

Like the little thoughts we entertain.

Thoughts are like seeds that grow into trees.

If we don’t take care of what we meditate on now it will end up becoming something that takes root and is harder to pull out later.

The little attitudes we allow to fester in our friendships and marriages,

Can develop into much bigger ones if we don’t address them.

The little acts of kindness actually do go a long way,

Even if we think they’re inconsequential and don’t mean anything to anyone.

The little words we say to brighten up someone’s day actually do make a difference.

The tongue is little but it has the ability to control the direction of our lives and the lives of others sometimes too.

Don’t underestimate the little.

Cate x

About Cate Williams

We all have a story and until recently, Cate was happy to keep hers to herself. When she was 6, her singing teacher put her in the corner of the room. The reason, she was told, was that she wasn’t opening her mouth wide enough when she was singing. She was shy and because of that, she was shut up and so she shut down. The day stayed etched in her memory as a painful experience and one that influenced the person she was for years... Many years later, Cate now takes the stage, sometimes in front of thousands of people. Her voice and the songs she writes, have been heard around Australia and the world. Her reluctance to share her story has now been replaced by a realisation that many stories are the same. The isolation and shame that often drives us into feeling like we are alone in our story, is in fact her main motivation when it comes to writing, whether its in music or as a blogger. Many of us struggle with the same issues of trying to make sense of this crazy world and of trying to overcome the voices that tell us we can’t and we won’t. Cate's words resound with hope and love, and her message is one that says you’re not alone and that you can. It calls the ugly beautiful and it brings the hopeless into something redemptive. Cate is a mum, wife, singer, song writer, pastor, teacher and blogger and you can read more about her here.