Sometimes I like to just hang back, watch people to see what they do and how they act. If you pay attention you can easily determine why some succeed and others fail at certain endeavors.
It has become easy for most of us to skip over the small details in life. We live in a quick on the go society. In reality every detail, no matter how small, matters. I have the luxury of hindsight because I am able to look back on my life and determine why I was successful at certain times. I can also be sure of why I failed at other incidents. It comes down to the details.
Why are Vincent Van Gogh’s works of art so amazing and thought provoking? After all anyone can paint a starry night. In reality, very few can capture the mood and feel with a brush.
Last week I watched a championship fight between two fighters at the top of their game. One of them was hit by a huge hook and right away he came back with a wicked cross. The hook seemingly had little effect on the one hit. Two still pictures reveal the reason behind it.
The hook was “winged,” which means the hips were not used and it was only a palm strike. He didn’t hit with his knuckles, but his opponent did use his hips and turn over his punch. Those tiny differences made the difference between being able to walk through a punch and being thrown against the ropes.
How many times do we fail to take each step we need to accomplish our goals? Are we using our hips to throw our hooks (hypothetically), or are we just slapping with our hands? I have been and am guilty as the next person when it comes to cutting corners. I used to never worry about the small things, I always figured I could go back and fix them. This faulty way of thinking has cost me a lot over the years. I think about all the time and heartache I could have saved myself and I realize how ignorant I had been.
We walk through life without realizing that God has provided us with everything we need to live a prosperous life of fulfillment. It is hard because we cannot see the big picture or the final outcome. This is where faith comes into the picture and helps us get through the rough periods. The good news is, that even though we can’t see the future, our job is not to blindly walk in faith, he has given us clear guidelines of how we should live in the Bible.
Our lives are made up of thousands of tiny actions that take place every hour of the day and night. A chef cannot put a culinary masterpiece on the table without careful attention to each of the ingredients.
I listen when someone is explaining something unfamiliar to me and I absorb the information. If I don’t understand something, I will ask questions.
I make every effort to do whatever task I set out to do right in the first place. I know I will fail at times, but I learn and I never continue to make the same mistakes again.
How could paying attention to details make your life easier? The next question is why are you not sweating the details? When we cease to learn, life is over.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.