I have often heard the phrase ‘It’s a small world’, but recently I have had to disagree.
The world is INFINITELY huge. It is not land mass that makes a planet, it is the people that live on it’s surface, and people cannot be shrunk to a number or a list of character traits. This world is the battle for life that is fought behind every front door; it is singing the same song over and over again just so you get it absolutely right; it is loving your family fiercely and unconditionally; it is having a favourite colour that you wear on every special occasion; it is believing in a happy ever after.
Each step that is taken, each word that is spoken, echoes through time and ripples out from one person to the next. Our own little worlds bump and collide, whether it is a shared smile with a stranger or the monumental event of falling in love. We cannot survive without these pocket worlds, even if we have no knowledge of them. And I like to think that it is this that makes us so vulnerably human.
Now, each and every one of us is different, with varying priorities and beliefs. But recently, I have learnt that there are those of us out there whose worlds stretch across oceans and embrace every stranger, with a solid smile and an unfaltering trust. There are real life heroes who teach through example, touch hearts with ease, and leave a lasting impression even when they’re gone. There are people who revive belief in humanity and kindness, and give us something to aspire to be. These people make the world infinite, for their pocket lives bump against everyone they meet and create waves of goodness as a result.
And I know that I want to spend my life striving to be one of those people.
So on this Easter weekend, even if you have no other belief than a fervent love of chocolate, be sure to bump into another’s life. Smile at a stranger or make an extra effort with a person you love.
And let’s honour those who make the world an infinite, beautiful place.
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I would like to dedicate this blog post to Lisa Marie Nora Doran, an inspiring woman, hero, and idol to my best friend and sister who recently lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis. May you be forever singing your heart out with the angels upstairs.
If you want to make a donation to help towards fighting Cystic Fibrosis and enhancing the lives of those who suffer, you can donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the name of Lisa at: http://www.memorygiving.com/lisamarienoradoran