I was first introduced to this idea by a brother who once guide me to what I’m suppose to be. It’s an idea written by Stephen R. Covey but I’m not sure in which book is it. This is what he (the brother) said to me…
“If you want to change the world, you have to change your paradigm. Imagine a pail half-filled with sands. Tell me how to get chunk of cubes into the pail? The idea is to get both of the sands and the cubes filling up the pail nicely.”
I was thinking about it for quite some times and I smiled at him and shrugged my shoulders.
“There is one way to fill the pail with cubes and sands. First, you have to pour out the sand, put the cubes inside the pail and put back the sand into the pail. Do you know what it means?”
“The sands will fill up the empty spaces?” I asked.
“Yes. That’s how we should see things. First, we put big idea in our mind as our objective. Next, the small ideas can fill up the empty spaces which can’t be filled by the large idea.”
Life, when you look at all the small and simple things too much, you might feels like you don’t have enough space, enough time, to actually grab all of the so called aims. Whereas, if you aim for something big, there will always be spaces for you to fill in the gap with many small idea. In the end of it, you are fully occupied, with no hollow in your mind. Isn’t it? Well, thats what i see at least.
Somehow, I’ve been pondering about it for quite sometimes. Many people, aspired by this Big and Small aims by Stephen Covey, tend to only focus on the ‘big picture’ that they have in their mind and forget, perhaps pay less attention, towards the ‘small things’. Will I have a fully filled pail if I put only the cubes inside the pail? No, I will not.
‘Small things’ need to be placed at appropriate places. Do not expect that ‘small things’ are just simply small and they posses no danger or something like it. A person could fall when he tripped over a small branch. A small bearing would add on the smoothness of movement for a mechanical part. And know that a tiny bacteria could cause death to another living organisms. Hence, ‘small things’ should be handled appropriately, eyh?
Balance, that’s the word needed in looking at the ‘big and small things’ in life. Never be biased.