“My own time on earth has led me to believe in two powerful instruments that turn experience into love: holding and listening.
“For every time I have held or been held, every time I have listened or been listened to, experience burns like wood in that eternal fire, and I find myself in the presence of love. This has always been so.
“…These are quiet braveries we all need: The courage to wait and watch with all of who we are.
“The courage to admit that we are not alone.
“The courage to hold each other to the ear of our heart.
“And the courage to care for things that are broken.
“The practice ground for these braveries is always the small things at hand.
“Somehow, through the practice of doing small things with great love, as Mother Teresa puts it, we learn how to be brave. 
“In truth, the work of love is tending to small things completely. Such tending opens the mystery.
“By the large-heartedness of our smallest attention, we enter the ocean of love that carries us all.” 
~Mark Nepo from The Exquisite Risk: Daring to Live an Authentic Life