You may have heard or read this beautiful statement: “A door is much smaller compared to the house, a lock is much smaller compared to the door, and a key is the smallest of all but a key can open the entire house.”
We focus on the BIG things in life so obsessively, that we lose sight of the small details that make them up.
We forget that an ocean is made up of many drops of water, that the sun comes to us as individual rays, and that the human body is nothing but trillions of intelligent cells working in harmony!
We also forget that the journey of many miles can be done in baby steps.
Take happiness, for example, as it is the end-pursuit of life. It is MAN’S ETERNAL QUEST, as my Master Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, author of “Autobiography of a Yogi,” aptly puts it in his book.
But, happiness is made up of many small things. Unless we take care of them, we cannot be happy. The success at the macro level is a result of the small steps taken at the micro level. The same thing applies to families, organizations, and nations; they improve when the INDIVIDUAL units do. A chain, after all, can only be as strong as its weakest link.
Smiling, exercising daily, practicing love and forgiveness, being sincere in small promises of life, and tending to the small details are so important.
Small details such as:
- Putting things in their respective places.
- Picking up the trash, compassionate speech.
- Holding the door open for others and thanking them for doing the same for you.
- Giving hugs to family members and pets.
- Saying words of appreciation and gratitude.
- Adding a few moments of meditation every morning and night.
These are the small drops that can really make an ocean of sustainable happiness.
Your daily life habits determine your wellness. Your body and your mind affect each other; how you sit, how you breathe, how you eat, remember that everything you eat matters, how you think about yourself and others, your attitude, your perceptions. Everything counts.
If we drain it in small, wasteful expenses, we can never be rich, even if we earn big. I read about the owner of a Japanese company who sacked his CEO because he did not know how much tomato ketchup to pour on his own plate!
They are actually made up of many small acts of thoughtfulness, of love, and consideration.
For example, you can give someone a mighty, expensive gift once, and no doubt, they will be temporarily excited and pleased by that, but thereafter, if you keep hurting and neglecting them, your gift goes to waste, no matter how expensive it was. But, if you do small favors and speak kind words of encouragement, you will really build a friendship for a lifetime.
It is nothing but some years, 60, 70, 80, or whatever it may be. That many years doesn’t come to you all at once, they come bit by bit and year by year. Every year is nothing but 12 months, and a month is just 30 days, and so on, until you come to hours, minutes, seconds, nanoseconds.
At any given time, you just have that moment. If we take care of that moment and live it fully, we won’t have to worry about the future.
So, don’t ignore the small things of life, as it is those together that make up the big things you are wanting.
So, friends, just do MORE of this every day:
Do LESS of this every day:
Do them in small steps.
Soon, one day, you will be an amazingly different person; healthier, calmer, happier and more effective!