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Just do one small thing

March 28, 2010

A couple of people have sent me links to some videos of very cool rube goldbergs lately. (You know the game Mousetrap? That’s a small version of a rube goldberg.)

I love rube goldbergs for the lovely “non-sensical fun” of them. Someone spent all of this time, collected all of these random objects, just for the fun of seeing all of these chain reactions. 

Perhaps it’s the writer in me looking too hard for the “deeper meaning”, but it struck me that rube goldbergs are great metaphors for life. Just one small action causes another small action which causes another small action, etc., etc.

Sometimes we get caught up in believing that we have to do something BIG to be meaningful in the world – write a bestseller, win an academy award, cure AIDS, irradicate poverty – but that may not be our calling. Yes, somebody has to do those things, but not ALL of us.

Or maybe all of us have to do some of those things collectively, just one small act at a time. Just like a rube goldberg. You roll your ball down the hill, I’ll swing my arm to activate this windmill, etc., etc.

Just do the small thing you’re called to. Or the big thing. Either way, DO IT. And you’ll enable the next person to do THEIR thing, and eventually, we’ll change the world.

 “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

Here’s the link to one of the rube goldbergs, and here’s the other:

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2010 1:30 pm

    Never heard of a rube goldberg before, but it’s pretty neat. It’s also heartening for those of us who are called to live small lives.

  2. March 29, 2010 11:29 am

    Dear Heather,

    Thanks so much for that “This Too Shall Pass” video. I really needed that today! And yes, your post is such a great reminder that we NEVER know where those small steps and seemingly small actions will lead… but it’s always so worthwhile to take them anyway (-:

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