Little Things Done Well

Seems so simple.

If we all just do the little things with excellence, we’d have a lot more joy in our daily lives AND we’d get so much accomplished!

It appears that we have spawned an entire generation of people who, by and large, don’t really “get” the concept of taking pride in the little things like your word and your work.  You Boomers know what I mean, right?  Doing a good job for the sake of doing a good job.  Arriving at a meeting at 10am because you SAID you’d be there at 10am, that sort of  “little” thing.

One lesson that should be taught in every “career prep” class in the world is this:  Today, you can set yourself apart from the crowd by doing your job with a good attitude and by keeping your word.  Simple.  Build on those two basics and you’re destined for success.  Or at least you’ll have a better chance at actually keeping a job.

When you think about it, much of the demise of humanity has its roots in our failure to keep our commitments to do the little things.  Eve initially agreed to follow the rules for Garden Living, but then decided to listen to a smooth talking snake-in-the-grass.  In the brief history of our country, we see how our gradual move away from our commitment to Godly (not religious) values has resulted in what appears to be a gradual move toward the absence of any values at all.

Hold it.  This is getting too complex.

Just for kicks and giggles, take a moment to think about the little things you can do well and how they can impact the world around you.  Here’s a short list to get you going:

  • Park in a space without taking up the space next to you
  • Return the shopping cart to the store or at least to the corral in the parking lot
  • Squeeze the toothpaste from the bottom (oops, that’s just for me)
  • Acknowledge the person who serves you (in any way)
  • Say  “thank you” to the person who serves you (in any way)
  • Smile at the people you pass on the street
  • Remember to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Listen carefully to what a 3 year old has to say

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Mother Teresa

Let’s pay attention to those little things.

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8 responses to “Little Things Done Well

  1. Bea

    “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.”…..a precious little book written by Robert Fulghum in 1986…I used this little book as a daily teaching tool in my classrooms for many years…I still have it handy on the book shelves and read it at least once a year.

    It was #1 on the Bestseller list….still is in my thinking.

  2. You are a Titus 2 woman — and my heroine. This needed to be said, and you did it masterfully. Thank you.

  3. Thank you so much, Linda. It’s nice to be affirmed by someone as real as you. Be Blessed!

  4. What an important message! You’re a wise woman, Debra … & as such, even the most “simple” concepts have depth. Even the idea of not taking up more than 1 parking space–how magical that act becomes when someone else enters that parking lot, has need to be there, & isn’t hampered because you didn’t do the right thing.

    Every action has a reaction. Every one of us ought to consider that fact before doing anything.

    Blessings … & thx.

  5. Debra,
    This is a post we should all read daily because it is so true. Too many people try to concentrate on doing grandioso things–things to make them look GOOD in the eyes of others. What they don’t realize is the little things are what make them look good in the eyes of GOD–and that’s all that really matters.

    I am going to re-post this because it deserves to be read by others.

  6. Thanks, Pat. Integrity, civility, patriotism – all begin at home!

  7. Again, a great post. And I believe that this type of civilty begins at home. Parents should be teaching through word and action.

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