It’s February, finally. The small month.
January is a bit intimidating with all the newness. There’s so much pressure to make big plans and kickstart an amazing year without messing up any of your freshly set goals. It can be exhausting.
I find February a reprieve from the madness. It’s the pause before spring. And, February is short.
While I like my men tall and my life large, there’s a lot to be said about short and small things. Two things I learned about the small when I was small myself have always stuck with me:
If you can do small things, you will be trusted to do big things
You should never look down on small beginnings.
Sure, February is only 3 days shorter than the average month, but something about its abbreviated nature makes it seem perfect to start something new.
Two years ago in February I got the small idea to give away a few dollars every day to a good cause. This small beginning eventually turned into the #give10 project – a major achievement that truly happened one day and one small piece at a time.
As I sit facing the beginning of this new February thinking about my own giant master plans for the year, I’ve decided to take a break from thinking big and shoot for the small.
It seems counterintuitive, but something about it works. Like Henry Ford said, “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”
Last year I made the big goal to tell you 100 of my favorite travel stories and another 52 do-good stories about projects I believe are making the world better. I’m obviously not good with numbers- because that is mathematically impossible to do in a year if I write once a week.
But now that I’m home and we’ve got this amazing short month ahead, I’ve decided to keep going on that promise and make February my month of short story telling. We’ve got 27 days left in this small month and I’ve got 27 stories ahead for you. One story a day. Small beginnings. Well, maybe 24 stories- I should take Sundays off since I’m also learning how to rest.
Happy February. What is your story this month?