Day 19: Why Little Things are Important

Day 19: Today's Lesson: Little Things are Most Important

It's a lesson as old as Adam. Little things are most important. If you take care of the pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves. A stitch in time saves a wardrobe malfunction. 

Everyone it seems has their glass filled to the brim and really have no time for anything. Why is that? 

We are overloaded by the media and marketing and the endless news cycle, work, family, obligations. 

A few years ago, I attended a 5 day Enlightened Warrior Camp in the Catskills, NY. We did some fun things and some not so fun things: We trained with a martial arts master and learned how long a fight usually lasts. It's not like the movies. Most fights are over in 30 seconds. In actual boxing matches, the rounds are 3 minutes with 1 minute breaks. It's really hard to throw punches or get punched for 3 minutes. It's a very long time. Professionally trained boxers can do this for 3 minutes. The rest of us cannot. 

There is something about "second wind" that is like breaking through a barrier.  We learned to do that. It's a progression of training to be able to get there. We broke boards with our hands and bent rebar with our necks. All cool fun stuff. We climb a mountain carrying bricks in our backpacks. We conquered our fear of heights on a ropes course and of course we walk on hot coals (1100 degrees). 

But the most interesting event was learning about the energy around us that is unseen but ever present. We walked in nature taking breaks every few feet to observe the motion of the tiny parts of nature and the intricate design in a single leaf. If you can be still long enough to observe these intricacies you get to observe a fine handiwork and craftsmanship. If you are open to it, you can go outside and find a tree and put your hand on the tree and feel the life that is in that tree. 

The children's story goes: The loss of a nail was the loss of the horse. The loss of the horse was the loss of the king. The loss of the king was the loss of the kingdom, all for the loss of a nail. 

Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves. 

“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” 
― Rumi

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