Most of life is determined by just a few seconds here and there. Just a few seconds is usually the difference between success and failure, cleanliness and messiness, love and alienation.
Turning the light off as I leave the room.
Putting the dirty dishes in the dish washer instead of in the sink or just left on the table.
Saying thank you and please and I love you and I’m sorry, instead of staying silent.
Making the phone call now, instead of when I feel like it.
Hanging up my jacket, instead of draping it over a chair.
Hanging up my towel, instead of leaving it on the bathroom floor.
Sending a postcard to someone I consider a good friend.
Putting away the flour and other ingredients after I use them while cooking and wiping up as I go.
Paying the credit card bill on time.
Stopping and smelling the roses.
Setting the table and sitting down for a meal.
Saying hi to the neighbor across the street.
Sending a text message.
Organizing my desk each day.
Writing a to-do list.
Putting my clothes in the laundry hamper.
Putting the toothpaste away.
The list could go on and on, which is probably why I don’t put in those little bits of effort. But when I do, it’s amazing how much cleaner and happier and friendlier life is.
What are the things you need to put just a few more seconds into?