Small successes can often lead to larger ones. Baby steps lead to learning how to walk properly. To learn how to swim, one needs to get in the water and learn how to tread water. All of these positive statements have a reverse side to them, such as: Whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much, as Jesus tells us today. Little things can (and many times do) lead to big things. I think this is why my parents were always insistent about paying attention to little things: proper table manners at all times, politeness to elders, appropriate attire, learning how to save. Seemingly small things can shape a life. Small steps in the other direction can equally lead to shaping a life differently.
Little in life is irreversible, although there are somethings that can't be changed once they've begun. But little things lead to big things. Being aware of those little things can change a life.
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