|May and A-Tom - Grade 6 Graduation|
The slow and steady things of life have been impressed upon me of late. The bigness of the little bits all collected; the successes of a long faithfulness; the measurements of what happens when you just tenaciously stay at it over the long haul.
If we're honest, I think we might all admit to feeling the temptation to want the 'big win'. When things are important enough, we can get impatient to see the results of our efforts in obvious, immediate metrics. Pounds off on the scale. Big chunks off the debt. Huge strides in improvements or developments of any sort. Flowers shooting up into blooms all at once.
|Earliest spring shoots.|
But in most of life, accomplishment comes in increments, almost impossible to see happening before your eyes unless you take a longer look at what's going on. Like children eager to line themselves up against the wall to see how tall they are now. It's only by measuring against where you were months or even years ago that you can see where you've come.
Similarly for A-Tom. The coming into her own, the building of skills, the finding her own space in the world...it doesn't happen over night.
The Thai phrase for this is a colloquial blending of the word for 'day' (wan) and the phrase for 'little bit' (nit noi), becoming a lyrical wanla nit, wanla noi. Just a little bit each day.