Tool For Tuesday: Do the Small Things Big

We had a job chart for all six kids when they were young. One of our sons, Tom, always tried to sneak his way out of his chores or he’d do them without really trying. He swept the floor with one hand.

“Don’t be a one-handed sweeper in anything you do,” became my husband Jonny’s constant admonishment to him. And to all the rest of us. It sums up today’s Tool for Tuesday: Do the small things big.

If you are sweeping, then sweep as if this small job is the biggest, most important task there is. If you are walking the dog, then do it with gusto and bravado. If you are dealing with little kids, the elderly, or a boss who tries your patience and asks for something to be redone yet again, be present. Be aware. Be inside your life, not on the outside looking in. Do even the most mundane, routine tasks as if they are meaningful. Because they are. They are the moments in a string of moments that comprise your life.

Do the small things big.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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1 Response to Tool For Tuesday: Do the Small Things Big

  1. Do everything Big, Diana…..the ‘small’ stuff generally looks after itself when you have the Bigger picture in focus
    be good to yourself

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