But it adds up.
It might look insignificant,
common, or just plain quiet at times.
Your daily routine doesn’t get air time
on the nightly news or make headlines
on the front page of the paper.
What you do every day
matters, even though it seems
unremarkable in the moment, because
we don’t have a Clarence who suddenly
appears when we need him most.
There’s no one to show us flashbacks
or the ripples made in the rest of the story.
The ordinary, invisible, mostly
mundane parts of our lives
don’t seem all that wonderful
from our point of view.
But wait, there’s a different perspective.
If only you could see all of heaven nod
approval while they stand in thunderous
applause, breathing deep sighs of satisfaction
as they knowingly elbow each other in
complete agreement - what you do
matters. It makes a difference. Forever.
During your most run-of-the-mill-days,
just imagine the Star Breather
clearing a lump from his throat
and wiping a tear from his eye
watching the myriad ways you:
Love. And live. And give. And laugh.
And grow things. And find time to create
beautiful things in between endless chores.
And care for words. And find ways to be
thankful. And make lemonade, anyways.
And midwife and doula, nourish and nurture
everyone around you.