So, can you get it out of your mind?  You know what I’m talking about.  If you’ve ever been to the Magic Kingdom and found your way to Fantasyland you’ve no doubt experienced the iconic ride, It’s a Small World.  And long after you’ve left the park that tune is still ringing in your ear as if it is an endless sound, looping over and over in your mind.  Well, I’ve never taken time to even consider the words of the song by that name until returning from my recent trip to Africa; a time when, for me the world indeed became small again.  I’ve been wondering why this is  Why is it that this big world where far off lands and people once seemed so distant now seems as if it is the world next door?  Could it be that the very words of the song shed light on the answer? Consider some of these lyrics…

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears

It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears

There’s so much that we share

That its time we’re aware

It’s a small world after all.

 

There is just one moon

And one golden sun

And a smile means friendship to everyone

Though the mountains divide

And the oceans are wide


It’s a small world…after all.

So, as I reflected on these words it hit me…that “aha” moment.  That place where the answers to life’s deeper questions are often found.  You see here I was half way around the world finding myself more the person I was meant to be.  So, what did this person look like?  I saw a person that was willing to laugh and find hope in the common and simple language of a smile.  I saw a person who stepped from behind the curtain and allowed others to see the tears that flowed from facing my fears.  I saw a person who was willing to share with a childlike desire.  Could it be that in large measure the answer came through the act of serving where humility opens the gateway to our heart and once again in our “bigness” we become rightfully small.  How is it with you?  Are you living life as the person you were meant to be? Well, be encouraged…this is one of those arenas where you can take comfort in knowing it’s never too late. Just know that it’s possible you might become that person where you least expect it.  But if your journey of discovery takes you half way around just remember it’s a small world…after all. Peace.