Little or small, how do they affect you?
Last night, I decided to be more productive. Not just in writing, but in everything. I said decided but becoming more productive is not something you can just decide, right? Maybe this is my 99th attempt. It’s not easy to not procrastinate. The internet is like a park inside a zoo inside a casino inside the cinema inside comedy bar. It just has everything you need to be entertained. But last night, I remembered a writing tip I heard from a professional ; Morning pages(night for me). Just write what you feel, don’t erase, write exactly what you’re thinking. And my first line was “I don’t know what to write”. And from there I couldn’t stop typing. Yeah, I was typing. I’m not used to actually writing. I hope that doesn’t make me a typer instead of a writer. Haha
How big is little?
This question I’m asking myself right now made me remember my very first interview. It was 2014, and I was applying for a job which was all about my greatest weakness at school ; English. I was applying in a call center. And there we were, outside the interview rooms, nervously tapping our feet, waiting for the interviewer to call our names. Then I saw a quote on a frame, on the wall, some kind of poster.
It struck me. I thought there must be some things I can do to make a better interview so I opened my phone and searched “Little things interview”, It led me to this article , where I read: “Body language comprises 55 percent of interpersonal communication. Tone of voice is 38 percent, while the actual words we use only make up 7 percent of our communication. So don’t get too hung up on trying to say the right words.” So I searched for good body language tips in an interviews. Firm handshake, eye contact, lean in…”Jeffrey Nerona?” I was only able to see the words in bold. Then I stood up, kept the phone in my pocket, keeping those tips in mind. I got the job.
I walked out the interview room and looked at the poster. I swear it kind of glowed that time. I thought, how can this poster, which has been here all the time; people just ignore it. How can this make a lot difference?
And by that lot difference, I’m not just referring to that interview. Because since then it made see the importance of the small things happening in our lives. A smile to a stranger might save a day. A compliment to an artist might make the best masterpiece. A little paper with formulas, might save you on exam day. Hahaha! Sorry but cheat sheets have saved me a lot of times.
“There are a lot of little reasons why the big things in our lives happen” -Ted, HIMYM, Season 4, Episode 22
I may have started with the few words of “I don’t know what to write” last night, but it’s what kept me writing, until now. So anytime you want to do something, remember you just need to start. Maybe if you want to change something big, start changing the small things that make it up. And maybe it’s just that little spark of courage that will make the biggest difference in your life.
“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito” -Dalai Lama
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