“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.” –Booker T. Washington
Today was one of those sweet days when things seemed to be coming together. Projects that have long been buried in piles of loose ends and weighty with the challenge of conflicting deadlines miraculously fell into place. My Good Clean Love product business is an exercise in juggling small details and prayers that they will all come together in thousands of beautiful products I will then try to sell until it is time to begin again.
The process of making and reinventing our products isn’t new, and although I have been through the cycles so many times before, each round brings the same questions of financing and improvement issues that has in the past made my work feel more like stress and less like love. Also, it hasn’t helped me sleep much. This time, I am on my positivity quest and what has been most different has been my ability to relinquish the idea that I have any real control over the whole.
Instead, I humbly pay attention to the details, one by one; giving each decision my best intent and letting the people I trust to help me actually do what they do. There really is a timing, order and perfection in life if you have the guts to get out of your own way. It is enough to tend to the small details and celebrate them as successes. They will, by themselves, create a bigger picture than even the one I have tried to hold together for so long. I am learning the capacity for delight in the gift of paying attention and letting go.