Friday, November 11, 2005

Life is accomplished a little bit at a time

All good work is done the way ants do things, little by little.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Life is complex, with a huge number of things to accomplish if one is to reach a modest level of competence in the many events and activities in which we must take part. And just to keep up with what must be done.

We can't just choose by priority and avoid the less important things because then they would never get done and the ground would eventually slip out from under us.
Like the best jugglers, we must keep many balls in the air at once. One day we will spend more time on one thing, with other things taking higher priority on other days.

Each day we must do a little of the less important things so that we do not slide into a state where being physically undone results in our becoming mentally undone because we have more to do than we are able to accomplish.

"Don't sweat the small stuff" works on any given day, but eventually the small stuff must be dealt with or we lose control of our lives.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help each person put their life in perspective.
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