I have always been a believer in small things. That one is called to do enough and not more. I know that in a world full of hurting people enough can seem so little. But enough and small are not to be confused with scarcity and unimportant. In fact you might be surprised what a small group of committed people can do as Margaret Mead once said.
But I firmly believe it is the quest for the big thing that causes the conflict in the world. I need you to move so I can have space for my project. Countries invade other countries over the perceived need to be bigger and the need for more. People take advantage of others so that their bigger and more important dreams may come into reality. I was bemused by how social agencies and the workers in them can become so territorial.
So when one sets out to create something small and useful you are proclaiming peace. I will allow space for others. It is the ultimate in conceit to think you have all the answers. But to be the dreamer of small things has problems too. People lose interest in the small and often feel compelled to move on and up. So it can be hard to keep the creative energy thriving.
If you do small things well you have opportunities to do more. Which is okay if you can keep the “small is beautiful” with each new venture. But the temptation grows exponentially harder with the rise in opportunities to think big. Plus if you remain small people do not have the appreciation for what you do. The big shiny apple always appeals to the eye and the taste buds.
One other problem is the big thinkers are always looking to take over. They promise they can deliver what you are doing and more. And in fact they can, especially at first. They put all their resources to the project and work hard to make it right but inevitably they move on and leave a shadow of what once was.
Yet in the final analysis those who think small are the ones who will creatively deliver and never lead us into war.