“Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it… Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
Who is to say that success in the smallest matters is naught but a trifle? Likely the same person who feels that the only important successes are large and visible.
I had a number of little successes yesterday, all of which brought order out of chaos and improvement where there was decay. I cleaned the breakfast room windows, untangled the drawstrings to the shades, shocked the pool, clipped my dog, cleaned and conditioned the leather chairs, helped my friend mount new saddle racks in the barn, worked on my walk-trot-walk transitions, groomed my horse, cleaned my hawk’s mews and weathering and took time to prepare for today in the evening. A busy, yet productive day!
At no point did I consider any one of the tasks I undertook to be inferior to other, bigger, projects, neither did I feel limited or “less-than” for having to do these chores. Making value judgments about what must be done can spoil a project before it even begins. I love the statement: “Forward, as occasion offers.” If it is the right thing to be doing at the right time, it needs no further qualification.
You have the opportunity in every moment of your day to move forward or backward, to bring order or perpetuate chaos. Rather than judging what needs to be done, look instead to the intrinsic value of the activity, see it for what it offers in the way of momentum towards a larger goal. I imagine many people deem potentially valuable tasks as being unimportant simply because they have not yet seen how what they are doing adds value to the larger picture for which they are responsible and contributes positively to the goals to which they aspire.
I am always keen to appreciate and acknowledge the little successes in life, whether they be mine or wrought by another. They are never trifles and the tendency to overlook or dismiss them as being unimportant fritters away confidence, assurance and momentum in the world you center and in the hearts and minds of those around you.
If ever there was cause for celebration it is this: that the value of the little successes was restored today in and through you. Take heart when you have a small success, take note and compliment the little successes of those around you and in so doing you will find more of your actions to be in line with your larger goal of leaving this world in better condition that you found it.