Little Things and Big Things

A Newly married couple entered into a simple agreement, so a popular story goes. The wife was to take care of the little things that might come up, and the husband was to take care of the big things. According to the husband, the wife took such good care of the little things that there were no big things for him to handle. As a matter of fact, a big problem was not big to begin with; it is a little problem grown big.

Likewise, big opportunities that come to one indicate a proper attitude toward smaller ones—lesser opportunities to which one has given proper attention. The lesson in this is plain: if the big opportunity for service or advancement does not come, it may be because one has not appreciated and taken care of smaller opportunities.

December 14, 1963

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