Last fall we drove past miles and miles of corn fields for the girls to competed in a one day competition.
A one day competition, great I thought to myself,
“We will be in and out and home before dinner.
No hotels, no eating fast food.
No awful ice rink coffee and no worrying about who would take care of the dog.
Sign them up.”
Most competitions we go to are a few days long, most times my husband can’t make them because they start mid-week.
And they are huge. With two rinks being used and hundreds of skaters,
it can be overwhelming.
Normally, the girls compete against nine to eleven girls but at this
competition there was only a hand few of competitors.
My girls were a little confident that they would do just fine and have a spot on the podium,
that is until they competed.
They came off the ice a surprised that this small competition was in fact really hard and the skaters were really good.
And they were nervous.
Because small doesn’t mean you are weak.
It also doesn’t mean that you can’t touch someone’s life.
Or that you are not influential.
Or that your voice doesn’t matter.
Or that you aren’t good.
I have it saved on my phone. This one minute message from a friend.
Just a small simple message. Nothing grand or huge.
But in it is a whole heaping of encouragement.
I haven’t listened to it since the day she left it but I smile whenever I see it.
It is the small things that are the most powerful.
The most life changing.