Rod Dreher opens his book, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life, with this quote from St. Therese of Lisieux: “What matters in life are not great deeds, but great love.”
It is so easy to lose my way when I am constantly surrounded by co-workers, clients and advisors working on “important projects” with “hundreds of millions of dollars” at stake. It is so easy to think what I do is “very important” simply because so many big companies, big banks, big law firms and big industry players are hyper-focused on, and negotiate tooth and nail over, every detail of the project. It is so easy to convince myself that I am doing “great deeds.”
That’s nonsense in every way.
Especially, if I don’t do any of it with “great love.”