“A great building will never stand if you neglect the small bricks.” ~Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha …
If we look at ourselves as buildings–created over time… brick by brick… stone by stone… using any number of elements and pieces such as wood, concrete, and nails, or beams and joists–we see that the end result is a direct reflection of how much time and effort we put forth. It takes great patience to build a strong and aesthetically pleasing structure. It takes careful consideration of everything that goes into the design, planning, and construction–with special concern for each minor detail–to build the best possible version of ourselves.
To build ourselves up well, we must have patience. And if we are someone who likes things to be done quickly, this might not be an easy task. How often have we drove by a construction site and wondered why it is taking so long to complete? There is a reason that good construction takes time and patience, and we should not try to rush ourselves in life either.
Take the time to reflect upon your experiences each day–the conversations you had, the tasks you accomplished, what you gained and what you gave back, the relationships you created, the lessons you learned, the knowledge or wisdom you acquired. Growth is achieved slowly, brick by brick. And when it comes to the final product–our very character depends upon each and every piece… even “the small bricks.”
Take time tonight to reflect upon the experiences of the day and how they may help you grow.
Questions to consider:
What are some small bricks that have helped you to define yourself better?
How can we develop our patience to make it stronger?
Is patience one of the strongest virtues of our society or culture?
For further thought:
“Life is a building. It rises slowly, day by day throughout the years. Every new lesson we learn lays a block on the edifice, which is rising silently within us. Every experience, every touch of another life on ours, every influence that impresses us, every book we read, every conversation we hear, every act of our commonest days, adds something to the invisible building.” ~James R. Miller