Small Success Thursday: Little Is OK

How is it already Thursday? It’s tempting to populate this week’s Small Success Thursday post (run in conjunction with some other amazing small succeeders at with a bunch of whining about what I didn’t get done. By this point in the week, I was supposed to have the better part of Chapter Two of “The Grace of Yes” in the can. Along with that, I would have been completely “wrapped up with Rwanda”, whatever that means. For some reason, I thought that would be a trip that I could come home from, compartmentalize into a nice set of wrap up posts and perhaps even a photo album, and move onto the next adventure.


In reality, my life may now be measured in terms of B.R. (Before Rwanda) and A.R. (After Rwanda). It feels that dramatic. One of my fellow travelers shared today that she had her first trip-related nightmare. I’ve been having them nearly nightly since a few days after I returned. I won’t dwell on that today, but will simply say that “wrap up Rwanda” may be a lifelong mission for me…

So instead, today I will dwell on the few tiny baby steps that went right this week:

1. I took an overnight trip with my husband for a business trip he had and made it to daily Mass on Monday. The church where I worshipped was lovely and the hour I spent there made the trip feel like a mini-retreat. Plus my husband rocks, so all in all it was a fun little adventure.

2. I had two important conference calls this week. The results of those should be apparent soon, but both were answers to some fervent prayers.

3. I made it to my 6:30 am Women’s Christian in Commerce meeting today. It’s my first meeting back with my group since early October. When I entered the room, many of the Sisters came forward with hugs and welcomes. I am one of the newest members of their group, so their expressions of love were truly unexpected and greatly appreciated. If you don’t belong to any sort of small faith sharing group, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and give it a try.

That’s it. That’s all I’ve got. Hopefully writing this will give me a kick in the pants to get some other things on my list accomplished.

Until then, I need to remind myself that little is ok, that baby steps still carry me forward.

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” ― St. Thérèse de Lisieux

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  • Emily Davis

    That sounds like a lot.
    Congrats on getting it done.
    I love your St. Therese quote. One of my favorites.

  • Cheers for you, sistah!

    And last week I *did* get to my small faith sharing group and it was a such a reminder to me of why that’s non-negotiable.

  • Jeanine Spano

    Awesome to attend daily Mass! I made it once this week with both boys alone! I can’t believe I didn’t list *that* as one of my successes!

  • That sounds like plenty–and now I feel bad for prefacing my successes with the whining about what I wasn’t getting done…

    • lisahendey

      Feeling bad is not allowed! Whining is, or I’d be in trouble.

      • It’s all good. Do you have any idea how good Small Successes is for my mental health?

    • Isn’t it a prerequisite of small successing that you talk about all you haven’t gotten done? For me, the blessing always is that once I get past that, I see that, wow, look at these little things that add up. But I don’t seem to ever get there without the whining. 🙂

  • Erika Marie

    Those are great accomplishments! You’ve already done so much for many. I really like that St. Therese quote. I’ve of these days I’m going to carve out the time to catch up with your Rwanda trip.