In choosing a life path of hiddenness and simplicity, a small and lowly track of quietness, there remains the question, "What, then, will be my contribution?"
Because I believe we are here to breathe out as well as breathe in, to give back as well as receive.
Even if you are breathing so quietly that people think you might actually be dead, there still has to be an outbreath as well as an inbreath.
So I try to find something that I can contribute every day to make life better for someone, somewhere. It might be writing something here, or sending an encouraging email, or even just praying for somebody going through difficult times, or making sure to speak kindly to the people I live with, and encourage them.
It's a big world, and even if I were the Prime Minister or the Queen, I would be more limited than I might have thought in the difference I could make to the way things are. There are forces in the universe individuals cannot realistically resist — the river is huge and its current is powerful. But as I swirl helplessly along, carried by the tide whether I want to go or not, it may be possible to scoop up a kitten clinging half drowned to a fallen branch, and carry it warm and safe against my heart.
I can make very little difference to everything, but I might be able to make a big difference to one small situation, today. And so might you, of course. I wonder what it will be.