If we have a ship just outside of San Francisco Bay pointed to Japan, and we turn the wheel only a half of a degree left, we would never reach Japan, but we might reach Figi instead which is quite a distance off the intended track. The smallest course change can lead to a major life change.
This is true in everything. Change what you eat for only one meal of the day and that small change will lead to a different body in time. The smaller the change, the longer it may take, but it is still change.
Dorothy Day is quoted as saying this: “People say, “What is the sense of our small effort?” They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.”
What if typically getting no exercise, we walked around the block once a day, parked further away from the store on purpose? Those two small changes would have profound changes in the body.
What if instead of some potato chips as a snack, I ate some olives? Big change, and more satisfying in general too.
What if I called one client per day five days a week? In a month I would have talked with 20 clients, and in a year, 240. And if I kept that up, in five years it would be over a thousand. Even if I cut that in half, it would achieve profound results.
How did the tortoise beat the hare in that story? One step at a time.
I’m reminding myself of the sheer value of small efforts in writing this. I can always use the reminder myself.
Baby Steps Become Giant Leaps.
Spread Some Joy Today–by finding joy in doing what you can do without stressing over the rest of the stuff on your plate. Just do what you can, even if it is small. Even a little smile can cause joy.