Little Things. Big Changes.

Lately I’ve been dwelling on this thing I’ve heard tale of…

Something called…”diligence.”

Oh, you’ve heard of that, have you?

I’ve been thinking that if I were a bit more.. DILIGENT.. with even just a few little things, it could lead to some very big changes.

I don’t want you laughing at me, thinking, “well, yeah, it’s amazing what happens if you put in a little effort.” I’m talking about a different kind of effort. Like a “working smarter rather than harder” kind of effort.

For example, how often do you set a glass down by the sink (or maybe you actually load it into the dishwasher, you on the ball person, you) right after drinking a big glass of milk — and then walk away to leave a teeny tiny ring of milk to dry in the bottom? A ring that may or may not wash off completely in the dishwasher? Or a ring that you may have to scrub at for a few minutes while you hand wash it, trying to reach down into the bottom of the cup as best as you can.

What if you (I) rinsed that cup out and then set it in the dishwasher or by the sink or wherever, so that later when it ran in the dishwasher or was handwashed there was NO MILK RING?

Astounding.

Profound.

Call me genius, if you must, I’ll take it.

Now that I’ve had this little epiphany, I’m on a hunt. How many simple, teeny tiny little changes can I make to add up to big ones? If I were just a teensy bit more diligent with things that needed to be done throughout the day, my day could look a little different, go a little smoother. (Imagine what could happen if I were a LOT more diligent. But hey, baby steps, right?)

So this is my theme song right now. It’s running in my head like a broken record.

“Little things, big changes,

little things, big changes.”

I think I can, I think I can,

I know I can, I know I can.

Little things. Big changes.

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Kristi Stephens
Kristi Stephens
May 13, 2010 7:51 am

Profound, for sure!! 🙂 Sounds like good advice from my mother I need to take more often – “if you do it right the first time…”

Amber
Amber
May 13, 2010 10:13 am

EXACTLY! Your mother was very wise. =) (Like, if you folded the laundry as soon as it was dry instead of dumping it in a chair…*coughcough*)

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