“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
Small things are usually considered weak, insignificant, unimportant, and unable to make any changes. But I want to revolutionize the word small, and little, because you see a mustard seed is small, but then becomes a big tree. A virus or bacteria is small but can take down the mightiest of predators. David defeated Goliath, and Napoleon took over much of Europe. A small rudder steers a huge ship, and our thoughts, words and actions shape the world.
We often want to do the “big things” be on stage, be in shape, have millions of followers, have millions of dollars, and great pleasures but I realize if we don’t get things right on a micro level, they become a disaster in the macro level. As Jesus said, “ Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” ( Luke 16:10).The great often fall because they neglect the small.
Small things are: Repeating a presentation over, and over again – that’s The Power of the Loop! Saying no to negative thoughts, and saying yes to small opportunities, saying yes to serve, saying yes to the pure , the positive, and the powerful thinking. Saying yes to exercise with friends, saying yes to try a new skill, and saying yes to all that is good! The small matter is that we simply do it everyday in our thinking, writing, words, and action.
Sometimes we can be obsessed with trying to change others, and trying to change the world, but what about us? We must first remove the plank from our own eye, before trying to remove sawdust from someone else’s. What are the small changes we can make in our lives that make a big difference? As Ziglar would often say, no rain drop ever blames itself for the flood, and no snowflake ever blames itself for the blizzard… but honestly we all have a part in shaping our world for good or bad. So I’m going to take from Ghandi and say “Be that change you see in the world”. The little things we do will leave a ripple effect for generations to come.
Always be great in small things, and they soon will always make you great.
Awaken your little warrior.