“The smallest good act today is the strategic point from which, months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed." ~ C.S. Lewis
This season of the year most people are hustling themselves into some shape or form of a new eating plan or exercise routine. I’m as guilty as everyone else, having done this plenty of times in the past. The good ‘ol New Years Resolution we love to proclaim on January 1st and often have abandoned by January 21st.
Science backs up this idea of “smallest good act(s)”. Broad ideas like “eat healthier” or ‘exercise more” are just too large, too vague and too easy to walk away from because we get overwhelmed or feel defeated when the changes we seek don’t happen overnight.
So if there are changes you want to make in your life, from healthier living to better relationships, all of those changes happen by taking one small action in the direction you want to go. One step at a time, one meal at a time, one difficult discussion at a time, one breath at a time.
Keeping the Lewis quote on my fridge has inspired me countless times to choose a small good act, like having an apple with almond butter instead of sourdough toast smothered in jam. Or, to go for a walk instead of firing up another device to distract me from life. What I’m discovering again, and again, is life is happening in those small moments that make the big moments possible.
Small. Good. Act. Today.