Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The principle of a "Little" Part 3

This is a continuation of the list of things in my life that applies to the Principle of a Little. See The Principle of a "Little" Part 1 & 2.

6.Writing a book
I speak on this only because I have just published my first book - Tricks My dog Taught Me – A Smart Woman’s Thoughts on Saving a Relationship. This can be found at or Being a single mother of two young boys, an engineer and a homeowner I never have enough time. But I followed the Principle of a Little and after 4 ½ years I had my book published, and I self published it. It meant writing when I had a chance so I always walked with a notebook and a pen. It meant doing the research a little at a time and being patience with myself. It meant having the drive to keep at the project after a year had passed and nothing was really accomplished. It meant having a little more motivation each time.

7.Training children
It is a slow brainwash, I think, and if you have goals for your children such as principles you want to instill, a religious believe you want them to learn, then you have to go at it everyday (almost) in small portions and eventually they will get it, they really do. When I hear my children repeating my language and principles to others I know that I am succeeding. My goal is that my kids will be the best that they can be.

This principle, however, does not apply to a ladies handbag.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The principle of a "Little" Part 2

This is a continuation of the list of things in my life that applies to the principle of a Little. See part 1.

3. Exercising
In order to keep fit it is important to exercise, especially as you age and find that you spent more time sitting behind a computer. The best way to start is with 10minutes a day doing something that you like. After a while you will find that your body has grown stronger and you feel inspired to do more. Then do more! If this is adopted as a life style and not just to accomplish an objective such as losing weight, then a little every day will help you to be healthy and to accomplish your goal.

4. Knowledge accumulation
Ah, this is one of my favourites. If you find that you develop an interest in a new topic or have taken up a new hobby, you will want to acquire knowledge. Having the necessary books, pamphlets, and publications in your possession, on your point of interest is a good way to start. With the mass of information in front of you, you now start to feel overwhelmed. Recall a little goes a long way. Read 10 minutes every day (as you wait for your ride to work, before you drop off to sleep, in the doctors office) and you will surprise yourself at how much you know on the topic before long. I did this on a topic outside of my field of education and the fields of the educated persons around me and after a while I found I was able to offer advise.

5. Reading a book
This follows from knowledge accumulation but the difference is that it is just a book that you find interesting and you want to read it. In our busy lives, who has time to read for leisure? I do because I practice the Principle of a Little and although I do not get loads of books read in a month by the end of the year I have read quite a few.

Part 3 of this article will be published next week.