My friends, when you are feeling small and inconsequent, or worry that your work may be small and inconsequent, please undertake the following exercise.
Imagine lifting your own weight over your head. Do this deliberately, and in this way: Imagine that you are standing in front of yourself. Imagine you are bending at the knees--say, like a circus performer--and holding your upturned hands out toward yourself. Now: imagine your heels stepping forward and into your hands. Imagine you are slowly straightening and lifing your entire body, your own feet, in fact the weight of your complete being, from the ground up--right over your head.
Feel the heft of you? Feel the substance?
No small thing.
This is what we do every day. We carry ourselves through the world. And our work.
We flag, at times. No wonder. We feel small and baffled. Why, we ask ourselves, do we bother at all? Here is where the error lies: in thinking, because we sometimes tire and buckle, that we don't amount to much.
Take a moment today. Feel your substance.