Taking five minutes to do something you love or practice is more than a small act. Taking five minutes does more than place a bookmark in your life for important projects. “Five Minutes” is a revolutionary act because but because it can create a chain reaction that can last a lifetime.
There is something sublime about the power of small acts. Recently I’ve been taking a class called Building a Personal Foundation through Coachu.com. We have been focusing on taking steps to fix things big and small that we have been tolerating.
Last week, I reported that I what I had done for the week was small. I organized my man bag and cleaned out the spider’s web of old bags, spare change, and random papers that I had been lugging around the city. That small act actually started a whole process of going through my closets. In small chunks of time, I have been lowly and methodically throwing out unneeded materials and finding long forgotten resources.
When I reported this little victory our coach, Susan Abrams, asked me to examine the fact that I said that cleaning my bag had been a small act. She explained that even sewing on a button can be important as making a job change because it starts the chain of looking for changes. In times of great stress and overwhelm sometimes the best thing to do might be to set a timer for fifteen minutes and clean your desk or perform some equally small act.
Small has the potential to start a chain reaction. Khatzumoto over at AJATT.com started a language immersion service called Neutrino. Part of Khatzumoto’s philosophy is that you can learn a language through continuous small, neutrino sized bits of study, immersion, and fun.
Neutrinos are all part of the chain reaction. To think and act big, think and act small. Start your samurai mind chain reaction.