If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless. So my secret is to start right away doing whatever little work I can do. I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon. If you and your friends do not despise the small work, a million people will remove a lot of suffering.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Valuing the "small work"
I've seen so many people give up on accomplishing anything at all because they disparage beginning steps and because they have contempt, really, for doing the sorts of things that don't immediately and obviously lead to some great result. And so I really think the following is very important: