Little Steps

I have just come inside after feeding the dogs and chooks, collecting eggs, lemons and firewood. It is pouring outside. I am so blessed and grateful for the fact that I am sitting at my desk (a.k.a the dining table) next to the fire with the cat curled up beside me on the lounge. My beautiful dogs are soaked and smelly so they are sitting just on the other side of the glass sliding door, out on the verandah. It is a cold, wet day and I am inside where it is warm with coffee and comfort.

Today I want to talk to you about how taking small steps can make a huge difference and that by enjoying the process of your steps you can achieve great things!

You might think a task is too large to even start but, as soon as you take one teeny, tiny step towards your end goal, you have made the whole task smaller, even if only by a little bit. For example, I started writing my book 3 weeks ago and have already written 15,000 words. It did seem like a massive task to me in the beginning but in a short time I have achieved so much. I have been writing small amounts each day and all of a sudden they have added up.

With you it might not be writing, it might be walking, or running, or gardening. It could be that you want to start a course and learn something new that may lead to a change of career. Sometimes starting something new can seem almost insurmountable. We might put barriers in the way. We might have family or friends that are far less from encouraging, this can certainly put you off if you are sensitive to other people’s opinions of you (which I am).

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you break a mammoth task down into small steps, the whole thing takes on a different light and can be doable, achievable and even enjoyable!

Over the weekend I was speaking to a friend of mine who works as a stonemason. He was telling me about a recent job that he completed. He built a stonewall that took him two whole working days. When his customer came along to look at the wall, he said he didn’t like it! My friend, who had discussed the design of the wall and felt that he had interpreted what his customer wanted, was obliged to knock down the wall and spend another two days re-building it (time for which he didn’t get paid). He described the situation with no anger. He understood that the communication line might have not been as clear as he thought. He told me that he actually enjoyed the challenge of re-building the wall once he got started. He wasn’t thinking about the money that he was losing, he just focused on his craft and improving on his earlier work. The extra two days that it took him to re-build the wall were days that he could have been angry about lost time and money, rushing trying to get the job finished. Instead he took his time and did a better job and as a result he was much more satisfied with the outcome.

The point I am trying to make here is that we sometimes forget to enjoy the process, the journey. We are often so focused on the end goal or result that we don’t notice things along the way. How many times have you driven from A to B and not noticed a whole lot on the way? Life is a journey and we miss so much on the way because we are trying to get to where we think we should be.

Let’s, this week, try to remember what we are doing right now, in this moment instead of thinking about where we should be or where we need to be.

Take your time and enjoy your little steps.

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