The all or nothing mentality — it will be our downfall more often than not.
It’s the reason we quit All. The. Things. From exercise regimes to diets to piano lessons. If we can’t do something the way a master does it — it is not worth doing. Fuck it!
We even look at kindness and compassion like that.
You don’t have to give up your Thanksgiving Day plans and volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless — but you could throw a little something in the box at the grocery store while you’re doing your shopping.
You don’t have to sign the HR forms to give a percentage of your salary to United Way — but you could give the homeless person at the stop light a couple of ones or EVEN — a fiver. (If you care they buy some whiskey with your money instead of food — you seriously don’t understand what withdrawal is like — google it).
You don’t have to start by sending Metta out to the boss who pushes every single button you have — but you could try being nice to the people who are working retail this holiday season.
You don’t have to love your evening commute — but you could let just one car out — who is stuck in stop sign hell — and smile at them knowing you have made THEIR evening commute about 1000 times better.
You don’t have to give up a kidney — but you could donate a pint of blood.
Life isn’t about the Grand Gestures. It’s about the Day To Day. The little things.
We are Every Day Saints. Never forget that. We who get up in the morning and face our lives with grace, love, kindness, and compassion.