The Small Steps Are Important Too

by | Feb 13, 2015 | personal journey

Life is full, isn’t it??

Days are blending into weeks and weeks into months.

I was asked today (twice) to share my celebrations and accomplishments of the week.

Uh, hello?? Why couldn’t I think of a single one?

I mean, it’s not like I’ve been sitting around doing nothing. On top of working thirty-seven hours at my job this week, I wrote every day, I attended my weekly Bible study and even finished my lesson early. I exercised, and planned meals ahead. I was out three evenings with friends and family. I had quality time with my husband, and children. And yet, I couldn’t think of one thing I accomplished to celebrate?

I lived 168 hours this week, and I couldn’t come up with one thing?? Seriously??

There had to be somethingThere had to be something I did that I could celebrate. Anything.

And as I racked my brain, the all-too familiar feelings of failure crept in, clouding my thoughts to the point of contemplating I accomplished nothing and had nothing to celebrate. Nothing.

Why do we get caught in the trap of thinking if we didn’t land the big proposal, if we fell short of our goal, if we didn’t accomplish something off-the-charts-monumental, that we did nothing??

Or why do we cast aside as unimportant the forward-moving, tiny steps, the almost insignificant changes, the humble beginnings of progress? 

Sure, the big accomplishments are amazing. They deserve recognition and celebration. But what about the days and weeks when the big accomplishments aren’t achieved?

What if we didn’t land the big proposal? Submitting it is progress, correct??

What if we fell short of our goal? We got farther than if we wouldn’t have set the goal in the first place, right?? 

Isn’t one step forward progress? Isn’t beginning something considered advancement? Isn’t making a right choice a big deal? I celebrate these with my children when they make such growth, why couldn’t I celebrate them in my life?

Not for pride, but for encouragement.

A change in thinking was in order.

Could it be a change in thinking for you is in order, too? 

What seemingly small things did you do this week that were actually big things? Maybe they weren’t to anyone else, but they were to you. What tiny, positive steps did you take? What new thoughts did you have? Looking with this perspective, what can you celebrate this week?

I looked again and saw many things I could celebrate.

–I posted on my blog five days and wrote every day.

–I learned and applied a few important truths in God’s Word in this week’s Bible study.

–I sat and listened to my son. Really listened, without being distracted.

–I kept myself from feeling overwhelmed as I put my priorities in the right order.

–I blessed my family with fresh, out-of-the-oven brownies last evening.

There. None of that is anything to “write home about,” but it’s all important in my book, and it’s all a step forward. (Okay, maybe the brownies aren’t progress, but they sure were delicious!)

I’d love to celebrate with you today.

Small steps are important too

Remember… the small steps are important too.



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  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Simply ghastly day, physically, but I am at the end of it, and that is enough.

    I fear tomorrow. It’s going to hurt, but I suppose it will be survived as well.

    Survival is not pretty, or nice. It’s not a Hallmark card, or a movie with a moral. It’s a mess, it hurts, and the balance to “life” tilts only slightly, sometimes.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Sometimes the survival of another day is enough to celebrate. Praying God’s touch will relieve your pain today, friend.

  2. Debbie Gabelman

    Hi Julie! I just wanted you to know that I’m sitting here thinking of what my accomplishments were this week. It was a pretty ordinary week with mostly small (a few medium) steps. As I consider your words I realize – they were good. And they blessed others. And yes, some are even a reason to celebrate. 🙂 Thank you for this gift of helping me see that the small steps taken are reason enough to celebrate. Have a blessed day!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Debbie! Whatever size steps we take, they are even more special when they bless others! Thank you for sharing that perspective here today. You have much to celebrate! I appreciate you coming by and pausing to share your thoughts. Have a blessed day!

  3. Kim

    I have been thinking about this post off and on all day. Sort of like you, there had to be something! I just realized, yes! I was successful doing some new computer work this week. Also, this morning I signed up to run my first 10k.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Kim, these are wonderful! And a 10k! That’s incredible. I’m excited for you! Great things to celebrate. May your week ahead be filled with great joy and blessings. Thank you for sharing here!

  4. Tara

    Julie, the small step are very good. I went and send my sister anlaw and gave her some encouragement words, got six short story written. Went to the park with my husband and two teenage sons for a picnic.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Great small steps! I’m so glad you shared them here. They are important!


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