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Our Small Tasks Are “Great and Noble”

Take a moment right now to pause and contemplate our miraculous existence on this beautiful, life-giving planet of ours. From the smallest grain of sand to the tallest mountain, everything on earth contributes to the wonders of the world and the beauty that surrounds us moment to moment.

When I think about this, I feel deep in my heart that all of existence is extraordinary; every moment is filled with meaning and purpose. We are all magnificent beings meant to do incredible things with our lives—even if they seem what we might call “ordinary.”

Helen Keller said, “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” I love this! While her physical challenges were considerable, she overcame and even exceeded her limitations by approaching life one small, but grand, step at a time.

Seeing the miraculous in the everyday minutes and tasks of our lives is a matter of looking at things differently, shifting our perspective to a higher vantage point. It is about embracing what we cannot perceive by using only our five senses. In other words, it is not about the world of outward accomplishments, but rather it is about the vast world within us that only we can know intimately: our spiritual life, our life’s path.

Many may look at spirituality as something they go and do, as something separate from the rest of their lives, as something that “they will have time for tomorrow.” But I’m here to affirm that the spiritual life is not separate from our real world; it is our real world. Spirituality is not only about going from retreat to retreat or practicing hour by hour. It is about bringing our life all together, every single day recognizing that the “ordinary” moments are actually extraordinary gifts given to us to live life as we choose.

To lead a spiritual life—an extraordinary life—we do not have to be a mystic, master, priest, or nun and go live in a cave. There is no massive undertaking, move, or separation that we need to embark upon. Like Helen Keller, we do one little thing at a time in the moment—we just step on the path. In doing this, we take heart in knowing how deeply profound that simple step toward our highest ideal can be.

When we stop to collect ourselves first thing each morning, we are checking in with ourselves, noticing what’s going on inside, feeling sensations in our bodies, connecting with our inner source of love, strength, and security—even if it is just for a few minutes. Little by little, day by day, moment by moment, we wake up to our extraordinary existence—the extraordinariness of this whole planet. We are a unique piece of the whole ready to step into our lives fully, loving, learning, growing, and living courageously and peacefully.

“You must always believe that life is as extraordinary as music says it is.”
―Rebecca West, The Fountain Overflows

In what ways have you felt that your life is truly extraordinary? I would love to hear your stories.

With blessings and love,

About Barb Schmidt

Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.
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