We have all obviously heard of the phrase looking at the big picture, but what if we did the exact opposite and started looking at the small picture??
I recently completed a great read called “Life After Death” a book written by Damien Echols.
Echols and 2 others were wrongly convicted individuals who were released some 7 years ago. Echols was largely able to survive in prison by turning to belief and meditation amongst other things. He spoke of something by the I Ching referred to as the “taming power of the small”. This theory states that:
Every great victory is made up of many smaller victories.
I took some time to really let this statement sink in. It asks us to, rather then worry about the big picture and large changes, to start small – the big changes will follow. It makes change far more accessible, turning it from a giant mountain to climb into small hills which we conquer one by one.
Whatever change you would like to create in your own life, think ‘small.’ Every little change adds up and before you know it, a big change has happened. Perhaps it is adding one yoga class a week, or making one change to your eating habits? Maybe it’s taking one small pocket of time a week doing something just for yourself, or making a slight shift in who you spend time with. In time, a small change can bring about a larger more significant one, without you even realizing it.
Echols also discusses how we see and approach change. Rather then wasting our energy on focussing on things we cannot change or are very difficult to change, we ought to conserve this energy and apply it to the smaller things that we can in fact change.
There are so many things we cannot change, and it really is a waste of time to attend to these things. Instead, what we can control is our reaction to them. Perhaps there is a negative person in your life who steals brain space, and we find ourselves not knowing how to handle this. Well the good news is that we don’t have to! All we need to do is control our own actions and thoughts and shift our attention elsewhere. Voila!
Starting small also makes change look less ominous, so see what happens when we look at the small picture.
Until next time