I have been thinking a lot lately about a quote by Helen Keller:
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
It is so true that I often think that there is little I can do to make the world a better place. I am only one person and I have a lot of insecurities that lead me to believe that I am not good enough to make a difference. I love this quote because it reminds me that, even though I might feel insignificant, there are things that I am able to do.
If I spend my time focusing on the things I can not do, the things I am unable to accomplish, my insignificance, I may miss wonderful opportunities to make small changes in the world. It helps me to know that this amazing woman is encouraging me to focus on the things I can do and not the things I am unable to do.
I can notice beauty and grace in the world and point them out to others. I can be kind to the people I encounter. I can work to become my best self. I can “brighten my corner of the world,” as my mother used to say. I can’t do everything, but I will not refuse to do something I can do.
My favorite part of being open to following grace is that I am constantly being surprised by what I am able to do, by the blessings that are showered upon me, by the beauty I see all around me. I have said that, before my vision began to deteriorate, I was a glass-half-empty kind of person. Somehow, losing my vision has opened my eyes to a greater awareness of the good and the beauty in the world. It has allowed me to become much more positive, to anticipate that good things are about to happen, to be on the lookout for the wonderful.
To me, the quote by Helen Keller sums up my new awareness. Yes, I am only one. Yes, there are things I can not do. But I look around in amazement at the glorious way that God can use the small acts that I am able to perform. I am only asked to do my part. God fills in the rest and uses it to build a wonderful world.