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Happy New Year!
In my mind, the problem with “great things” thinking is that most people view it as binary. You either do “great things” or you don’t. And if a thing isn’t a “great thing,” then why do it at all? This gives too many people an excuse to say no to all the small things they could do in their everyday lives. Andrew, Melissa, and I were recently debating Robert C. White & Company’s “purpose.”Why do we exist as a company? What are we all about? We quickly got to a common answer centered around peace of mind, problem- solving, and service. We really care about delivering those things to our clients.
I truly hope you and your family had a safe and happy holiday season.
On our way to my childhood home this Thanksgiving, I had to swerve in the road to avoid running over a turtle. The kids promptly decided that they had to save it. They got out of the car, ran to the turtle, picked it up, and placed it safely in the grass (but not before I made them pose for the wind-whipped picture you see to the right). They noticed the turtle had a cracked shell, and it seemed to me that it was a determined little turtle! I was proud of my kids and their innate desires to do a good deed and help this defenseless animal. I was also struck by the connection to a quote I have been thinking a lot about lately.
“We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa
I was pleased that we are aligned on what we are all about, that it was focused on our clients and not ourselves, and that, frankly, they are “small things” as opposed to “great things.” I believe we can and will have more impact in the world if we focus on the little things we can do with great love. The good that is done little by little, step by step, is what I believe really moves the needle. I’m proud of the team at Robert C. White & Company, and I am proud that we all are focused on the small things we can do for our clients. I hope you are proud of your team here as well, as we honestly view you as partners in all of this.
Yours in doing small things that hopefully make a difference,
Small things with great love …
I must admit, I sometimes get caught in the “great things” conundrum. I know people who I’ve worked with or went to school with who are doing “great things” by anyone’s definition. And often, I ask myself whether I am pushing myself enough to pursue “great things.” Sometimes I even put myself in the unnecessary trap where I question whether I am using my ample God-given gifts to their fullest. Usually I’m able to quickly get myself to the safer (and correct place) where I realize that what really matters are the small things I do on a daily basis.
P.S. You’ve got to love kid humor! Here’s a related joke my kids told me: Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the shell station. Ha! P.P.S. I’d love to hear your thoughts on “great things” versus “small things.” Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 860.956.5372.
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