The little pictures
“Change enough of the little pictures, and you’ll find you’ve changed the big picture.” — Ashleigh Brilliant
For many years — almost since I first discovered Ashleigh’s work in 1990 — I’ve had this quote on my refrigerator door. It reminds me to be patient when results come slowly, and not to feel helpless if I am only able to accomplish small things when I long to achieve great ones. It helps me realize that it’s better to take small steps in faith rather than be overwhelmed by the enormity of any endeavor.
So many remarkable accomplishments involve far more time and work than is understood by those of us who benefit from someone else’s labor of love. Whether it’s a meticulously prepared meal, a colorful mosaic or a soaring cathedral, we tend to spend far less time enjoying it than its creator(s) spent putting it together. That’s natural, of course, but it can build into us a sort of impatience for results that is unrealistic and frustrating when we are the ones expending the effort to build something worthwhile.
If your day involves many tedious or seemingly insignificant tasks, consider that the importance of your tiny brushstrokes may be less obvious because you are unable to see the entire canvas from close range. Eventually, when you are able to step back and see the results of months (or years) of determined diligence from you and others in your world, the beauty of your life may take your breath away.
One year ago today: