There are lots of reasons for being small.
- Maybe your actions are small because you are chronically ill, and your energy is limited.
- Maybe your actions are small because your two year old is bidding you to come away from the computer (or the easel, or the guitar…)
- Maybe your passion project is tiny because you are working difficult jobs to keep the pantry stocked and there’s not a lot of time leftover for your creative dream.
This is reality. And in spite of what Facebook posts might lead you to believe, lots of us live here.
I have good news for you though: Small is Powerful.
People often ask me how I get “so much done” in the midst of parenting, and chronic pain, and the general demands of Gremlins and Procrastination. I often guffaw at that comment. I don’t feel like I’m getting “so much done.”Â What I feel isÂ frustrated that the migraines only let me work a few hours a day. But I know I can’t always trust my self-assessment skills on this one. So I’m learning to receive this oft-repeated observation as gods-honest-truth: Everyone says I’m productive. It
might must be true.
So how do I get so much done?
I work small.
Everyone has the same number of hours in a day. But how much energy we have to invest in those hours varies widely. And the flexibility around how we might be able to use those hours varies as well.
There are not many available hours in my day for whatÂ I think of as my “work.” And there is not much energy to pour into them. (I suspect your day is not much different.)Most ofÂ the hoursÂ are taken up by doctors appointments and Epsom salt baths, quietnessÂ and ice packs. What my illness doesn’tÂ consume the household cries for — peanut butter sandwiches to make, stew pots to fill, laundry to swap.Â What is left are mereÂ minutes. (Small things they are, minutes.)Â This limitationÂ requires me to know what game I’m playing.Â And that game is focused. That game is small. Small and powerful.
In this smallness, IÂ changeÂ lives. When people step out of church, lost and tribe-less, I help them find their way. When families want rituals to anchor thier year in meaning and value, I help them create traditions. I write things that bless people. And I do it all in a small amount of time.
If you are on the interwebs today, reading about Passion and Big Dreams and Growing Your Business, I want to tell you something important.
Your small, sustainableÂ efforts will produce beautiful results. Small is powerful.
Hold on to hope, friend.
What about you Magpie? How have you experienced something small as something powerful? What small thing would you like to notice and celebrate today?
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