Today’s thought from Hazelden is:
Mile by mile, life’s a trial.
Yard by yard, it’s not so hard.
Inch by inch, it’s a cinch.
An important key to progress on the path is to take it one step at a time. Just as investing a little on a regular basis builds long-term wealth, the little gains we make each day pay off in spiritual dividends. As a successful musical group explained, “We spent years preparing for our overnight success.”
Taking it one step at a time means living in the present moment, letting life gradually reveal itself to us. Some people get nervous and want to know the final outcome. But how can we know an outcome that hasn’t yet occurred? Trust in the process, and the perfect result will occur.
When our faith wavers, we often get ahead of ourselves and try to figure out what is going to happen. This “future tripping” removes us from our source of guidance in the present. Sometimes we try to hit it big in a hurry. But there is no fooling the Universe. Sooner or later we will have to go back and retrace the steps that we skipped. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Whatever the goal or desire, approach it one step at a time. Small measures consistently taken guarantee progress. Eventually you will emerge victorious, having attained a reward that you have truly earned.
From the book:
Listening to Your Inner Voice © 1991, by Douglas Bloch