“That’s simply not good enough!” you protest. Well fine, I’ll try to shed some more light on the situation. Little things much like big things matter, humanity is a little thing when you think about it. How strange we might appear to some alien being floating high above our heads. We are born, we toil, we die. So many people go through life without taking a moment and stopping to smell the roses.
If we don’t stop to smell the roses, in my opinion, life has little meaning. We should all take heart in the greatness that we have achieved as a human race it is through these moments these moments where we can stop and appreciate the grandiose nature that can really lift you up. These moments inspired by some little ditty written by Beethoven celebrating everlasting brotherhood—or something; maybe the world’s tallest skyscraper. These are the big things. These are the bringers of hope to humanity. Maybe, just maybe humanity isn’t such a big mistake after all.
Then there are the little things. These are what I feel are really important. It is the little things that remind us that we are in fact humans not robots bent on world domination (a feat that we have accomplished many times over). It was one of my last days in Marburg, Germany when a young woman turned to me and said (in German of course) that there were fresh strawberries in the market place. Being caught off guard I answered stupidly by saying “sorry?” Despite the fact I knew exactly what she had said. Then she said it in English. For those of you that don’t know Germans, Germans are somewhat cold and hard to make friends with—at least based on my experiences. So the fact that a German randomly turned to me and told me that there where fresh strawberries made me feel kinda good—almost warm and fuzzy on the inside. Of all my amazing experiences in Germany this is one of my favorite stories to tell. It makes me feel good for some inexplicable reason. This is a little thing and it makes you realize how shockingly human we can be.
Making someone’s day, intentionally or accidentally, is one of the most powerful things you can do. So yes sweat the small stuff and take it and realize how our humanity can be the best, not the worst aspect of our grand human experience.
It would be unfair for me to drag along through this and not offer any hope, but who said anything about life being fair? You’re just going to have to keep reading this little miniseries I have going.
Strawberries are delicious, especially when in cake form