The Little Things

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”

– Colin Powell

Much like the guidelines for a satisfying life, the prevailing attitude with which we approach life tells others a lot about us, about who really are as people.

When we write we do this with our characters, but sometimes fail to recognize the behavior in our daily lives.

Tell me, how do you approach your day?  Do you wake up before the alarm goes off?  Do you lie there for just a minute or two, grateful for the opportunity of another day? Is this another chance to do things right, to start fresh?

If we practice excellence to excess, we delight in doing the best job we can whenever we complete a task.  In other words, we take pride in our work and revel in a job well done no matter how small, or seemingly menial the task seems to others.  For people like us, it’s a matter of pride.

I take pride in making the time to do the smallest job right.

Some days it seems to me, this attitude of approaching everything you do with equal importance is a lost art;  the little things can often be delegated to others with more time and less important claims on their time and attention.  But is that really true?

Just because some one else has less demands on their hours, is their time less valuable?

I don’t think so.  We all get the same twenty-four each and every day,.  It’s true, you decide how to spend yours and I am in charge of how my time is spent, but whose time is more valuable?

I think the person who spends wisely, with little or no regret, is the true winner.

So, what I spend my time on will be the pursuit of excellence, even in the smallest of things.

How about you?