When big things seem out of reach, pay attention to the little things - they grow.
Writing about this, for me, comes at a time when life isn’t going too well. I am feeling that I am running around in circles, wasting energy and time on some ‘big’ issues in my life, things I want to achieve, but obstacles abound. Time to focus on the little things, on what I have already achieved or on the baby steps I can take now to move towards one of my bigger goals.
When we have our eyes and mind set on big goals, we can easily lose sight of what's ’round us – and we are more likely to neglect ourselves. We start worrying about the future and forget that life only happens in the present. We can have such tunnel vision that we become oblivious to the little things happening around us. We are likely not to recognise the subtle signs life gives us. By the time we take note, little things may have grown into big nightmares.
So we really must pay attention to that little voice, our thoughts and actions now, to make the changes needed to avoid bigger problems in the future.
Though at first it felt to me like a self imposed pressure having to write this article, I am now grateful for the opportunity of getting things clear in my mind and grounding myself in the present, and sowing the seeds I want to grow big in the future.
Also, gratitude and mindfulness help us identify the ‘little things’ that make us feel good and which we actually want to grow big. Take a quiet moment and reflect on what is going right in your life, or simply notice on your way to work that profusely flowering tree, laden with Spring blossoms and making your heart sing.
My articles are not meant to be lectures or advice. My words are simply musings, perhaps helpful thoughts unsupported by science though they may contain some scientific facts. They come from my life experiences and make sense to me, and I hope they may make some sense to you too. Behind me lie years of experimenting, constantly trying to improve myself and my life. Before me lie (hopefully) some more years of learning and ‘getting it right’. So you see, I am no expert. I am merely giving an account of some of the ways that may make this life a little bit happier and comfortable for whoever can be reached in this way. If I can make just the smallest positive difference in one person’s life, I have reached my goal.