I was always small as a kid growing up. A bout of undiagnosed allergy triggered asthma caused me to not grow for a year when I was two years old, or so I am told. I also had a late birthday so when I started my senior year of high school I was only sixteen years old.
I was picked on incessantly as a kid all through school. My small size and smart mouth got me in a lot of trouble. It got so bad at one point that I hung up a pair of my old jeans in the barn stuffed with old shirts and taught myself to box. After a couple of rounds the other kids decided that fighting me was a bad idea so they just picked on me verbally instead which was just as bad.
I wanted to be taller when I played basketball in high school as it was my passion. I would shovel off the dirt basketball court outside the house even in the dead of winter and shoot baskets with gloves on. It paid off on the court as I became one of the best 3-point shooters in the school and that was long before the three point rule.
As I have gotten older though I have discovered that being a little smaller, a little shorter sometimes has big advantages. I can’t tell you how many times I have been thankful for being able to fit through a small opening or squeeze into a crawl space.
Big things really do come in small packages. Some of my favorite people are small. They are the ones I am the most afraid of! My daughter for example is only about 5’1” but I have rarely seen anybody as bold as she is. She doesn’t back down from anyone and a verbal confrontations you are sure to loose.
My favorite dance partner is like that as well. She is small but mighty, quiet but steadfast. I don’t mess with her either.
I have a guitar like that, a Riversong Vienna. I picked it up yesterday at Speno’s Music. This parlor size guitar may be small but the sound is mighty. When I first started playing it I kept looking down thinking I had one of my full size guitars.
I also like to remind myself that it is the small things that matter most like a smile, saying hello, please and thank you.
Be mindful of the small things. They make the world a better place.