“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him.” positively. -Bob Marley.
Whether you’re considered an artist or not, we all create something. What ever that something is, be it cooking, painting, playing an instrument, taking care of a loved one, or simply doing your menial job well, all of it matters. Ensure the legacy you leave is one of love, hard work, and one that leaves an indelible mark on those around you. Even the most simple tasks done well can give a sense of pride. Since I have not been able to work in my busy fast paced career since the stroke, I’ve learned to channel that energy elsewhere. Now I put much more care and effort into everyday tasks. None of which are recognized on a stage, by the public ,or sometimes even my own family. However, when I know I’ve done something to the best of my ability or taken extra care, I’m satisfied. Because, whether it’s folding towels, washing dishes, or organizing my desk, I aim to leave a trail of excellence, and that’s how I’ll be remembered. No job is too small, or too big. When you start by tackling the “small things,” with ease, the big things get a whole lot easier. At one point I struggled to even dress myself, it was utterly exhausting! Afterwards I felt as if I’d just had a work out and be angry at the fact it took so much more effort then it did prior to the stroke. As I lay huffing and puffing on my bed, my Mother assured me with a laugh“It’ll get easier.” And you know what? One sock at a time it did. Now it takes me no more effort then it did before to get dressed. At one point I balked at therapists who assured me doing the dishes would pay off. Even though I once thought all these menial things made no difference, I was wrong. By starting with washing one dish, putting on one incredibly tight pressure sock(with one arm), folding that little washcloth, and organizing a drawer… Those things have now become getting fully dressed with ease, doing full loads of laundry, ALL the dirty dishes in the sink, and organizing an entire office. Since I have discovered this secret of starting small, I’m continually up to something. After all, every Neil Armstrong has had to start training down on earth before they can take their first steps on the moon.
one step for man….
Valerie VassaurJanuary 30, 2017 at 2:22 am (6 years ago)
LeahJanuary 30, 2017 at 2:29 am (6 years ago)
Thanks Valerie, I’m pleased you agree! Now get to work on those little thangs.😜😉
God's Hot SpotJanuary 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm (6 years ago)
Beloved sister in Christ, thank God for your life and testimony revealing progress in Jesus Name. With God all things are possible as you are growing by the Grace of God from glory to Glory in Christ to the GLORY of God in Jesus Name. Have a Blessed New Year. God blessReply
LeahJanuary 30, 2017 at 4:28 pm (6 years ago)
Indeed I’m growing and it’s good! Been studying how to hear God’s voice lately.🙂
God's Hot SpotJanuary 30, 2017 at 5:22 pm (6 years ago)
Amen! Continue to draw near to God as God DRAWS NEAR to you, so you are never lonely because the Father God is always with you. And feed on soul food because God’s Living Words is so powerful transforming and renewing your mind to give you the Mind of Christ Jesus. God bless you abundantly.
LeahJanuary 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm (6 years ago)
New York ClicheFebruary 8, 2017 at 4:51 am (6 years ago)
I love these simple examples that are so concrete and the growth is obvious and profound. Wow, I can also take this as a metaphor for well…pretty much anything. Except it’s so much easier to slack or give up when it’s not your independence and daily existence at stake…really makes me think. Thank you for writing. And very happy to hear the small difficult things do lead to big easy ones!Reply
LeahFebruary 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm (6 years ago)
Thank you for reading and I’m glad if it helped in any way.🙂