the problem with small

Here’s a thing I’ve noticed: small dogs can be pretty dang annoying (my apologies if you own a small dog, but it’s true). Yes, they can be cute as well, but too often they bark nonstop and are totally out of control like a kid on cotton candy crack.

But you know what, I don’t think it’s the dog’s fault. The problem, as I see it, is many small dog owners (to clarify, the owners are normal-sized, it’s their canines who are small here—well, the owners could be small, but that’s irrelevant) don’t think training their dog is important. Why is this? Likely because it’s easy to overpower the dog to make it do what they want. They don’t have to teach the dog to obey and so they don’t.

So I’ve got a bone to pick with these people: just because their dog is small doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. Dog training benefits everyone, not just the owner, regardless of the dog’s size.

Alright, I’ve said my peace. Before I bark too much up the same tree, let me get to the point:
We make the same error with our own creative pursuits. We think small means unimportant. Small tasks can be left for later, we can get to small projects when we have free time (yeah right), no one’s going to notice those small details. And, when it comes to free time (or the lack thereof) often it is the small distractions, the ones we hardly notice, which eat up the majority of our time.

As a matter of fact (and a fact of matter), big things are built from smaller things. If you don’t believe me, use a microscope some time. If we don’t commit to taking the hundreds or thousands of small steps to a big goal, we’ll never reach it. Instead, let’s treat the small things (both the helpful and harmful) with the same attention and respect as the big. Small, my furry friends, is the way to go.

Zechariah 4:10 asks, “For who has despised the day of small things?”

Let it not be you. Do the small and the big will come right on your tail.

And really, I like dogs of all sizes, so long as they’re well-behaved. So quiet the little yapper inside of you who tells you small things don’t matter, because they do, do, do!

 

Hey Creatives, do you often find that you put off small tasks, and how do you stay on track? Let us know in the comments below.

A.P. Lambert

A.P. Lambert is a creative professional who helps others live with creativity and purpose.