The Best of No Small things — Deborah Hawkins
The Best of No Small Things is a collection of blogs that the author started to write to uplift her mood and thoughts. The author Deborah Hawkins, after returning to her hometown in 2008 and spending almost a year to create a new career, found herself fighting depression and struggling to maintain solvency. Unfortunately, along the same time, a car accident kept her off her feet for months. That’s when she started blogging about every small event in her life that she’s thankful for. That gave rise to the book, “The Best of No Small Things”.
Eckhart Tolle, the bestselling author of “The Power of Now” and a spiritual teacher inspired her to acknowledge gratitude in daily life. In Eckhart’s words, “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
Abundance is a very relative term. We often say it’s never enough, or sometimes we think it’s way too much. We hope for things, dream big and try to get ourselves up there and failures take their own ways. We get disheartened and disappointed often by comparing ourselves with others around us. In such situations, just putting the focus on what we already have, and what has been given to us by our loved ones over the years makes space for acceptance and letting go. The process of gratitude as Deborah explains comes through mindfulness. Paying attention to every moment and mindfully observing life made the greatest impact in her life. Hence, while blogging she started wrapping stories around moments where she recognized feeling grateful and the collection of those gave rise to this book.
In each of her chapters, she covers different instances of her life, ranging from meeting strangers and ending up being friends, to marveling at the process of death as well as life. I remember in Eckhart Tolle’s book called “The Stillness Speaks” he speaks about how we have misinterpreted over the years that the opposite of death is life. Eckhart described the concept as “ When you walk through the forest that has been tamed and interfered with my men, you see falling leaving and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step, there is life as well as death. Death is not the opposite of life, the opposite of death is birth, life is eternal”.
In another chapter, Deborah explains how she realized that Tears are essentially a language that can express things that words are unable to. Letting them flow is like answering in silence.
She mentions a quote from Robert Herrick, a 17th century English cleric as, “Tears are the noble language of eyes, and when true love of words is destitute, the eye, by tears, speak while the tongue is mute.”
In one chapter Deborah says, “I guess I’m more interested in the unseen than in easily observed phenomena. It seems that there are things we know to be true, but we can’t always explain why, or we can’t be sure someone else shares the same understanding.” The process to visualize the unseen requires imagination and empathy. It requires patience and love for life.
She mentions,” Like going through any transition in life, understanding that darkness is only temporary is no small thing.”
Taking every step mindfully and paying attention to the small changes in the surroundings, like a new grocery store, a flock of birds, or the sky can incur the feeling of how insignificant we are in comparison to the universe. The change of seasons, the flowers blooming can make us grateful for the beauty around us and love for ourselves. Observing ourselves in the simple activities of daily life not only helps you focus on the present moment, but also provides a calm mind.
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