Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Small steps

A neighbor has a card inner window that says: “When you are in a hurry, it is good to take small steps.”
It is good advice, no matter whether we are in a time crunch, rushing to be on time for an appointment, or just finding ourselves having a lot on our plate. When we rush into things, head over heals, the chance of us making mistakes increases. When we are not giving ourselves enough time to ponder things before we make our decisions, the risk of not making the ‘right’ decision grows…
So when we are in a hurry, it is good to stick to the small stuff, leaving the bigger, or even life-changing decisions for that time when we can truly weigh the possibilities.

What may not quite be as obvious is that when we slow down, especially when we are in a hurry, we tend to get things done quicker, more efficiently. In slowing down we put ourselves in a position where we will remember to take everything we need to bring with us, and which route to take to get where we are going fastest at that particular time of day. Leaving ourselves time to make it in time without speeding (which often doesn’t really gains us a huge amount of time anyway), safely and composed.
And with less stress…

While it is a good thing to ‘take small steps’, especially when we are in a hurry; there is another side to this as well. And that is to recognize that small steps count. To purposefully seek out even the smallest improvements we have affected, and to celebrate those just as much as we would celebrate the leap over the finish line.

Because when we are only focused on the finish, which can be still some time in the future, we may forget to notice how well we are doing taking small steps every day toward that grand goal we have set for ourselves.

It is time to slow down, to take small steps. To stop rushing from one thing to the next, but to take small steps in the general direction we desire to travel on our journey through life; giving ourselves time to see the path unfold in front of us. Allowing ourselves time to smell the roses every once in a while. To give ourselves the opportunity te re-create ourselves, to re-evaluate where we want to go at every turn in the path.

To honor every small step we take.

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