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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Personal Power by Keith J. Thomas, published in 1917.
It is the modern habit to worship bigness. The people we are told to admire are those who conceive of vast undertakings and carry them through successfully. There seems to be a romance about “thinking in millions,” which is apparently absent when dealing in smaller numbers.
I once knew a titan of industry. He was a man known for big thoughts, who did big things. He controlled hundreds of workers; he traveled all parts of the world; he was ever searching for ideas, and always seeking the expansion of his big undertakings. And yet, through it all, he was always most profoundly impressed with the vital importance of the little things of life. Thus we, who are so enamored with talk of bigness, may well consider the significance of this mature conclusion from a great captain of industry: that the small things may well be the greatest things after all.