Love is in the Details

"We fear success with good reason. We've got a lot at stake. Success brings change, and change is uncomfortable. But by attempting to achieve one challenge at a time, we redefine success for ourselves and those we love."
— Sarah Ban Breathnach

Oprah says "Love is in the Details." In the beginning, I resisted that thought. I'm a "Big Picture" person. I like thinking of the grandiose ideas that will change the world. I drop the idea but as soon as people start saying "how?" I'm mentally outta there. My brain just doesn't support the details. I've been fired from jobs because I made simple mistakes or because I wasn't "paying close enough attention to the details." I've come to realize that I probably have ADD, and that my brain works differently than those who are able to think inside the box. It's okay. It's one reason why I'm always caught up in the moment. But there are pluses too. I see the world in colors other people don't see. I hear things and think of solutions that would have never crossed someone else's mind. I'm a problem solver, and outside of the box thinker and I will not apologize anymore for how I am.

Anyway, this morning as I was praying I realized that God wants me to pay more attention to the small stuff. There's a book that says "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and it's all small stuff." It's true that we shouldn't become stressed out of things that won't matter two years from now. However, there comes a time when you need to realize that there are very few big moments in life. Instead life is made up of many little moments; lots of small stuff. It's how you wake up in the morning; how you start your day; what you eat; what you say; what music you listen to; how many of your personal goals you accomplish in 24 hours. If you have a big picture, figure out how the small stuff fits into the picture. You cannot fit into your size 8 jeans without paying attention to what you eat (or don't eat) for breakfast. You cannot amass wealth if you don't begin spending more frugally today. It's all about what you do from minute to minute. How you chose to make decisions about each and everything.

This blog for me seemed like something small, however, I've begun to see how this is part of the big picture. I've spent hours studying for the bar exam (twice) not to mention the hundreds of thousands of dollars I spent in law school. How much time have I put into becoming a better writer, or even using the written word to be a light to the world. Sobering thought. How much time have you put towards your gift? Cultivate it; take care of it; share it. Open yourself to how the small stuff is having a big impact on your life.