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This is true for anything, but especially with kindness. I was totally lost about what to write about today, until I got home and found a nice comment on an article I had recently written.
As you can see by my blog feed, I don’t have all that many readers. But the good thing about being small is that every little comment means a lot to me. I appreciate every reader that takes a few minutes of their day to look at what I wrote. But even I don’t comment on all the articles and blog posts I like. So I am especially thankful for those who do.
The same thing is true for a little relaxation, a little fun, or even a little exercise. All of these things if done often can add up to big results. By doing things in little doses we are more likely to find the time, effort, or money needed to accomplish our goals.
During a stressful day, a few deep breathes or a couple of 5 minute stretch breaks can help change our pace, slowing us down and helping us refocus. A small amount of money, saved every month grows a bundle of wealth to reach our retirement goals.
Doing a little is a good idea for most of us because with our busy lives and never-ending to-do list, it’s hard to find time to do a lot. But finding 10 minutes here, or twenty dollars there is do-able, and one step leads to the next.
It reminds of the old movie ‘What About Bob,” where Bill Murray is a patient who needs “baby steps” to get him where he wants to go. As he takes baby steps to the door, and baby steps down the hall, then baby steps down the street, he realizes that he can do whatever he sets his mind to, if only he keeps at it, and starts with small steps.
So whatever idea, goal or project you’re thinking of, remember that baby steps can get you there. And the next time you think your words or actions don’t matter, remember that a little bit goes a long way.