Praying the Art of Small Things

For quite some time now, I am preoccupied by anxiety, sometimes because of huge changes in my life at this time, but more often only because of the smallest, pettiest of things. This is only because if there is so much in my hands right now, it would be time. And as I try my best to be productive with it, anxiety’s catching up every second.

Some days I’ve been successful in spending adequate amount of hours enhancing my patience by learning new things, keeping my mind fresh and inspired through books, films, and documentaries. I’ve also been trying to sort out my thoughts and get a good mindset as I wait for that clean slate, that fresh start I’ve been twiddling my thumbs for.

And so far, Minimalism and Notes on Blindness were of great help. They helped me emboss on my mind how happiness is found in the simplest of things where you put the greatest meaning. I might have known that already before but sometimes you can really forget about those things.

I believe it’s a good habit that every once in a while, you spend a little bit of your time to re-evaluate your thoughts, to re-examine your values in life, re-think about what you believe in, you know… the deep stuff.

Anyway, I haven’t really got so much to do for a couple of weeks so I am finding myself digging deep into my thoughts and my feelings and found myself liking it because I think I am growing. With a new job coming up in a couple of days from now, I believe this time would be the best time to do this stuff.

I made a pact with myself that this year is going to be fresh and new and simple where I put more value and attention into the few things that actually make my life meaningful.

Other than that, I find this prayer by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on the Art of Small Steps a beautiful prayer to guide my day, or yours.

If you have the time to read it, may you go ahead and and let it touch your soul. 🙂

 


The Art of Small Steps, a Prayer

Lord, I’m not praying for miracles and visions, I’m only asking for strength for my days. Teach me the art of small steps.

Make me clever and resourceful, so that I can find important discoveries and experiences among the diversity of days.

Help me use my time better. Present me with the sense to be able to judge whether something is important or not.

I pray for the power of discipline and moderation, not only to run throughout my life, but also to live my days reasonably, and observe unexpected pleasures and heights.

Save me from the naive belief that everything in life has to go smoothly. Give me the sober recognition that difficulties, failures, fiascos, and setbacks are given to us by life itself to make us grow and mature.

Send me the right person at the right moment, who will have enough courage and love to utter the truth!

I know that many problems solve themselves, so please teach me patience.

You know how much we need friendship. Make me worthy of this nicest, hardest, riskiest, and most fragile gift of life.

Give me enough imagination to be able to share with someone a little bit of warmth, in the right place, at the right time, with words or with silence.

Spare me the fear of missing out on life.

Do not give me the things I desire, but the things I need.

Teach me the art of small steps!


 

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