Do great things … with heart


“Don’t worry about doing great things…
just do little things with great heart.” Mother Teresa

I was reminded this week of how much fear and resistance I experienced during a leadership training program in 2010. There I was in the midst of learning about leadership, imagining our group creating “big things” in our world, and scared out of my mind when I thought about leading.

Since then, the fear of leading has shrunk tremendously.  And my definition of leadership has shifted.

Today I know that we are all meant to be leaders. And leadership isn’t about “doing great things” though some leaders do that. Leadership is about taking the action that is needed in the moment, seeing what needs doing and making it happen. Such actions might be small – like listening to a friend who is suffering. Sometimes they are bigger – like taking responsibility to organize the community fundraiser. Either one of these has the potential for great impact – especially when done with great heart. When we lead and act from heart, from passion, from a deep connection both to the purpose we feel inside and to the world in which we live, we bring much needed love and compassion into this world. We do great things.

What need in the world around you have you been neglecting?
What do you see that needs your heart-full touch?
What action is yours to take?

What will you do today with great heart?

What is YOUR wisdom?