The Importance of the Little Things

I’m always amazed that the simplest things can really make such a big difference in the world like fresh food, basic manners and a kind word.  These may not seem like big deals to you, but to someone they can make all the difference in the world. A job as a secretary may not seem like much, but if the boss had to do all that the secretary did each day they wouldn’t be able to run the company as well. If someone wasn’t teaching that pre-k class with love and passion the kids could be stuck in front of a TV all day instead.  If someone didn’t pick up the garbage, we’d be living in a very messy and smelly world.

Your role may not seem as important as the big CEO, teacher or president, but it’s the little things that truly make the world go ’round.  Why?  Because you doing your job means someone else can do their.  Which means that even if your job seems pointless, there’s some purpose in it. I’ve heard from many people who have said that they didn’t like their job until they realized what it would mean to other people if they didn’t do their job.  When they realized how important they were to the function of the entire operation it made them feel important and valuable, and they were happier about doing their job.

Up until now we’ve talked about having value because of the job you do.  But what if you don’t have a job?  What if you’re job searching or home taking care of the kids?  Then you’ve got an even bigger value because you can do things that others can’t.  Like clean out the garage, do the laundry, make healthy dinners and most of all prepare the next generation for the challenges they’ll face.

You don’t have to be the next Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela.  All you have to be is yourself doing the little things that you do to make someone’s life a little better and brighter.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else”. Charles Dickens

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