A few years ago when I went back to China to visit my family, my mom gave me a gorgeous ceramic vase. I put it in the guest bedroom, and from time to time I throw in any pocket change that I have in my wallet.
One day when I was cleaning the room, I lifted up the vase to clean the chest underneath. Hmm… It was kind of heavy. I took a peek inside, but couldn’t see much because of its narrow opening. So I poured it out.
And whoosh, a pile of shiny coins appeared.
My stunned eyes and mouth opened wide. “Wow! That’s a lot of money! How much is there?” At that moment I’m pretty sure I felt the same kind of excitement that the Count of Monte Cristo did when he discovered his hidden treasure. I immediately started counting. When I was finished…
“$110.10 in total! I’m so rich!” I shouted. Please don’t laugh. I’m totally serious about this. Normally $110.10 wouldn’t excite me that much. But this time it did. Maybe was the surprise, I’m not so sure. $110.10…
I quickly decided that when the jar was full, I was going to use this money to do whatever I want. No questions asked and no rationale required!
Ha! It was then I realized it was the sense of freedom that excited me.
The moral of the story? That little things can make a difference.
Anything we value in life, whether it’s wealth, health or happiness, accumulates over time with the small actions we take each day, whether consciously or unconsciously. Whatever we deposit every day grows.
If we deposit the seeds of wealth, we accumulate wealth. If we deposit the seeds of health and happiness, we accumulate health and happiness.
On the other hand, if we keep repeating unhealthy habits, even unconsciously, when we open our jar one day, we’ll see those accumulated effects as well.
So whatever you want in life, make a conscious decision to make a small deposit every single day. It adds up, the good and the bad.
You decide what it’s going to be.