One summer when money was pretttttttty tight, we played a bit of Roulette with our vacation. We had heard about a discount airline flew to a handful of cities. Having a tight budget, and still wanting to take the family away, we pulled up the airlines online, gathered the kids, and chose our vacation spot from their list! The choices were few: Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Buffalo, N. Carolina, South Carolina. Nope, nope, nope, nope and nope! We had already been to the Carolinas, Texas was too hot, and no one was interested in Tennessee. And so it went… until we decided on Buffalo/Niagara Falls.
To be honest my husband and I weren’t exactly thrilled to go to Niagara Falls, but it was cheap and the kids were excited… WINNER!
That trip – our cheapie vacation – was chock full of the wonderful surprises and one of our favorites! We rented a house on Lake Erie, on the Canadian side of the falls which had a massive porch that looked upon what seemed to be a massive silent sea. As we sat on the porch, taking in the beauty of the lake, we noticed there were no boats and no swimmers – just birds and tourists. The shoreline was lined with boulders – a refreshing change from our sandy, smooth shoreline where we lived in south Florida. We scaled those boulders, rummaged amongst the rocks for treasure, and soaked in the beauty around us. It was like being in another world!
One of the boys’ favorite pursuits was the hunt for a flat rock among the boulders for rock-skipping contests. Without boats passing by, the lake was as placid as a pool. Ideal for skipping rocks! As the boys skipped their rocks, or attempted to, the water transformed from a mirror to a blur of wrinkled reflections. One rock, no matter how small, changed the entire canvas, environment, setting, surrounding as it hit the water.
The same is true of you.
Your actions have the same ripple effect on the environment around you. Like those flat pebbles on the placid lake. There is a ripple effect. Your choices affect those around you – one by one.
Did you ever watch the old movie “It’s a Wonderful Life?” If you haven’t seen it – you absolutely must!! In this Christmas classic, George Bailey, the main character reaches a point where he realizes all his efforts, along with the the dreams he gave up, to do the right thing have ended in utter failure. He is literally about to jump off a bridge to end his life – but an angel comes and shows him the effects that his life has had on the town George lives in. The angel takes George through time to show him what life would be like if he had never been born.
Imagine! What would life be like without you?! You have an enormous effect on the course of time. Your actions affect others, who affect others, and others….
And your dreams hold enormous opportunity – not just for you, but others.
Even the smallest person can change the course of history.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
Just like the pebbles breaking the silence of the still waters – you do the same. Take that in. And consider that…. your dream, your goals, are worth pursuing. You are not just another life. This is not just another day. You have a purpose. This day holds opportunity.
If you can’t take a big step – take a small step. Every step matters.
They say that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. That’s overwhelming when you’re at the beginning of a goal, but did you ever think that those 10,000 hours have to start with a minute? One single minute. Don’t discount the value of investing one minute at a time for things that are important. One minute leads to five minutes. Five minutes leads to ten; ten minutes ends up being twenty and so on.
Every single time my son skipped a small flat stone along the surface of Lake Erie, it amazed me how broadly the waves stirred the water – far beyond what I believed was possible. The same is true with your small steps. One step in the right direction is a move that will draw you closer to your goal. Don’t discount it.
Don’t discount a small step in the right direction. If you’re not sure where to start this series will give you plenty of ideas. Doable action steps. It’s easy to read. Meat not fluff – so I don’t waste your time and you can use your time to pursue your goals!
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