“Well-being is realized by small steps, but is truly no small thing.”
– Zeno, the founder of Stoicism
It can be hard to really believe that a small action, even when repeated over an extended period of time, has a significant effect. That’s why it’s hard to stick to small actions we know are helpful, whether they’re positive or negative. I know that these “small steps” are good, but it’s often hard to do them, because it can seem like each one is unimportant:
- Telling the truth
- Eating well
- Controlling what I read, watch and listen to
- Holding my tongue
- Saying “thank you”
- Spending money wisely
- Accepting responsibility for my actions and inactions
But repeatedly taking these steps allows me to have and achieve the “big” things that are important to me:
- Personal integrity
- Helpfulness to others
- Financial independence
Small things add up to genuinely great things. So:
- Take good actions, no matter how small.
- Make beneficial choices, no matter how simple.
- Show gratitude for what you have, no matter how basic.