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Friday, January 1, 2021

Lean Quote New Year Little Things are Big Things

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.  —  Kurt Vonnegut

The resilience we’ve each had to learn through COVID will be a tool we rely on for the rest of our lives. That’s certainly one benefit of the last several months.

Many get caught up in the hustle, and sometimes I do too. More often, though, I’m able to see that the little things are the big things.

Never has there been a greater need for kindness, compassion, empathy and love that is demonstrated. Words alone won’t cut it. Some sort of action is required: Write a hand-written letter to someone, buy a coffee for the car behind you in the drive-thru, leave flowers for someone at their doorstep.

Don’t ever forget not to take things or people for granted. Be grateful for everything you have – for small and large things. A roof over your head, the food that you eat, air-conditioning on our ever-increasing hot days and your health. Most of all, being grateful for the people in your life — your mother, your father, your wife, your husband, your son, your daughter, your friends — all of them.

These are strange times we are living in. While this is an uncomfortable situation in many ways, the lockdown also offers us the opportunity to reflect on life. Often, we are too busy with our daily lives to realize what we have around us.

More time means more time to think. And more time to think means more time to critique our lives. For me, it’s made me realize that what makes life great are the things we often take for granted.

I know I will appreciate these little things much more now, hopefully, we all do.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, peaceful, and fruitful New Year.  

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