“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
I still find this exercise difficult: I end every week wondering just what I did that might help me move forward. It’s hard to remember that seeds are often tiny things; hopefully they’ll grow into something healthy (and impressive), but right now they are so small as to be almost negligible. However, I do this exercise every week because I don’t want to underestimate the power of small things, or small actions.
- I used Facebook to start some great conversations about faith. My brother is creating his own brand of spirituality and it’s inspiring; I have a lot to learn from him. One of my cousins converted from Catholicism to Evangelical Christianity, and I’m enjoying learning about her beliefs and the way they’ve changed.
- I’m getting sick, so I’m exhausted. Instead of pushing myself to do all those things I “should” be doing, as would be typical for me, I’m actually going to be early and taking care of myself. (Hence the recent lack of blog posts.) Going to bed earlier is such a small thing, but it’s evidence of a big shift in my priorities.
- I showed my roommate some appreciation. She deserves it.
- Two weeks ago I started the practice of a “responsibility date” as a response to the “artist’s dates” advocated by The Artist’s Way. It’s a way for me to accomplish those nagging tasks I neglect without turning it into a daily ordeal of procrastination and disappointment. They are wonderful.
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What tiny, insignificant things have a huge potential in your life?