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Little By Little One Travels Far

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

Little by little one changes

Tall, thin-trunked eucaplytus trees in foreground. Distant faded hills and pale blue sky.
These trees on the track to Evergreen were once saplings. Bit by bit, little by little, they changed into towering trees.

We can be too hard on ourselves.

Let’s spend some time today being kind to ourselves and acknowledging how far we have come.

The Spanish saying “Poco a poco se va lejos” translates as “Little by little one travels far.”

This is true. Marco Polo, the Venetian adventurer, took 24 years to travel from Europe to Asia and back home again in the 1200s. On this long trip, he clocked up nearly 24,000 km. Little by little, one step at a time, he travelled far.

There are many ways to travel – on foot, scooter, rollerblades, hot air balloon, bike, car, bus, boat, train, parachute, pogo stick, and plane. But travelling doesn’t always involve moving our body from one place to another.

We travel in other ways too.

We can travel far without going anywhere.

We can travel in knowledge, understanding and wisdom by reading a book, watching a movie, imagining, dreaming, or changing our thoughts and perceptions.

It’s a good idea to stop in your tracks every now and then and look at how far you have travelled – not in kilometres but in the way you have changed how you live.

Comparing how you approach life now to how you did in the past can be reassuring.

Little By Little We Change

Once upon a time, you were impatient. Now you are less so.

Once upon a time, you were judgmental. Now you are more compassionate.

Once upon a time, you were depressed. Now you sense meaning in all things.

Once upon a time, you woke up every day ready to be angry or complain. Now you make a conscious, positive move to change situations rather than making them worse.

Once upon a time, you were a hypocrite. Now you do your best to be authentic.

We may totally change in an instant if clarity strikes us like lightning.

But most of us take little steps, one at a time, towards living the way that works best for us and everyone else.

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Little by little, you have travelled far.

Little by little, you have changed.

With love, Marlane

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