Small actions over time lead to big results. I wish I could take credit for the genesis of this idea, but my inspiration for the name of this blog came from the following quote from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, better known as The Yarn Harlot:
“I’ve been telling people for years that knitting changes your brain. Changes the way you think and teaches important lessons, and that one of them is the idea of cumulative action. Cumulative action is the idea that small actions aren’t unimportant if they are combined with other small actions. It’s a lesson that not everyone learns. Some people go their whole lives thinking that unless you can do something big, there’s no point in doing anything at all… and they have trouble seeing how one small action in their life could ripple and matter. They can’t see the possibility, and so the don’t do what they could. The problems seem too large for a small action to change anything.
Here’s the thing though, there are no knitters like that. None. Knitting teaches you that one small action does matter. That one small action, like knitting a stitch, isn’t unimportant. It’s vital. One small action repeated many times is a sweater. Or a shawl. Or a pair of socks to hold the feet of someone you love, and that idea? The concept of cumulative action? … that one small thing – put together with many other things can create something enormous, and wonderful, and magical.” (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2012/07/26/with_love.html)
This is an important life lesson that I’m still working on learning. I’ve always been impatient when it comes to certain things in my life, particularly areas where I want to change – my health and fitness, finances, relationships, career. I want things to be perfect now rather than enjoying the journey and taking the small steps that will lead to the desired outcome eventually. But I’m trying to put this into practice in my daily life.
This blog is a work in progress – just like those other areas – small steps consistently documenting my adventures in yarn and life. Stick around to see what the final result will be, we’ll discover it together.