Carlin and me
In NYC I was gathering and spreading crumbs and we happened on this beautiful HOPE structure. Ironic?
In my mind today, I'm thinking about fragments. What is a fragment? The dictionary puts it this way: (1) a part broken off or detached (2) an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part (3) an odd piece, bit, or scrap
Scraps, crumbs, or broken bits are what I read about this morning. Are fragments important? Many times we just toss them aside. We sweep them up and put them into the trash bin without hesitation.
One of the most well known miracles was created with fragments, crumbs, or left-overs. Remember students? They were told to gather the fragments until everyone had their fill of food. 5,000 were sustained on mere fragments. Let's delve deeper students. Think? Can we be considered fragments? Are we sometimes broken, cast aside, or incomplete? I know I am; however, I'm actually proud to be a fragment. Why? Being a fragment gives me the knowledge and strength to understand my life is a work in progress. I still have work to do even as a mere fragment. In that I find joy and purpose.
Are fragments big? They can be but most often they are small. There is power in smallness. What happens when many fragments are gathered? Let's relate fragments to acts of kindness. When many small acts are done over time, they can become miraculous. The person you patted on the back or forgave for their cruel words, can be the fragment that changes a heart, builds confidence, and creates unity. We are all fragments but in solidarity these fragments can build faith, hope, and love in our fractured world. Just writing and sharing this today builds my hope. The hope that this little, odd crumb has more to do. I have had two weeks of almost solitary thinking, reading, writing, and reflecting. I needed it. I've been exhausted physically, spiritually, and mentally. Now, I'm refueled and a bit stronger. I'm ready to go out today and sprinkle myself as small acts in my smile, my attitude, and my spirit with the help of the one who loves this broken, odd piece, and unfinished fragment. Remember students, it's never my will but someone much bigger to whom I'm casting and gathering crumbs. We are all but fragments.
Sarah Anderson Alley
Quote of the Day:
"There are many great deeds done in the struggles of life."