This post originally appeared on July 27, 2015.
Does it matter? When does something go from not being a big deal, not mattering, to mattering? When you miss a day of school in 1st grade, no big deal, You miss the entire year, perhaps that matters?
I'm here to present the argument that everything matters. Everything you do today, no matter how small, no matter how big, matters. It all creates the next: the next step, the next opportunity, the next moment. Without the first thing, there wouldn't be the second thing. It all matters because it all builds on each other.
Every relationship, every conversation, every experience - it all matters.
Whew. That is a lot of pressure.
So let me dial it back a little and propose there are degrees to which things matter. Missing one day of school in 1st grade probably doesn't matter as much as missing a year. Yes?
Then the argument comes into play who decides how much something matters. If you miss the day when the class meets POTUS and one student is picked to represent the class at a White House event... Well, perhaps you missed a day that really mattered.
I digress, as my first grader would say.
Back to my original case: everything matters. Everything you do today creates what happens tomorrow. So, choose consciously what you do, how you do it, who you spend it with, how you make others feel, etc. You are creating your mark. You are making a ripple. And that mark, that ripple, matters (at least is does to me).
As we do.