Trifles

Glass Onions in WaterSeemingly unimportant; things, events, circumstances of trivial importance or significance

Man shows his character best in trifles    Arthur Schnopenhauer

Cracks make caves collapse. Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Small things are what make great things possible.   Anonymous

    The nature of a trifle by definition is something of little or no importance. Often we mistakenly determine that something was unimportant when in fact it was important. We have all overlooked the importance of small things. Similarly, we have given importance to the unimportant and inconsequential. If there is a rule to follow it would be to use common sense and make decisions accordingly. It is always better to err on the safe side.

Anytime where the consequences are very important we should pay more attention to trifles. Some examples might include health concerns, relationships, maintaining automobiles and other equipment. A sudden skin condition may well warrant closer follow up. An unexplained noise in our vehicle could be a forewarning of more serious consequences if left unheeded. There are things that warrant our attention. Often these little things go on to be big, troublesome, life threatening, expensive, undesirable circumstances and events. The saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  An old oil filter commercial proclaimed “pay me now or pay me later”.  The morale of the story is to be mindful of paying attention to trifles that have potentially serious consequences. In truth trifles that have serious consequences are not truly trifles, they are like the tips of icebergs. There is much more that lies below the surface than is visible.

How we handle or respond to small details is an indication of our personality and character as well. The inability to handle and cope with small and unimportant details often portrays a lack of patience. Some would say “dotting the ‘i’s’ and crossing the‘t’s’ is merely a trifle. However, it may be an indication of lack of focus, laziness, sloppiness, and other undesirable traits. Not taking the time and making the effort to focus on the details early, may cost us more time, money, and heartache in the long run. Additionally, taking unwarranted short cuts often ends in unacceptable and undesirable results.

Most of us would be well-advised to focus more on the so-called trifles than we do. The main thing is to be smart about it. Don’t treat things that are important as trifles; do not treat real trifles as something important. Try to do better at determining the difference. Better safe than sorry. A little extra time, attention, and detail will often reward us more than it punishes us.

Challenge:  Paying attention to important details is always good advice. You likely know the things you are weak at. A little extra effort on the front end can reap you big dividends with better results and fewer errors. Always be alert of the little things that prove to be very important. Give them their due upfront. Exercise your self-discipline and focus on these details. Dot your ‘i’s’ and cross your ‘t’s’. Work smarter and not harder.

Wisdom: Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things–a chance word, a tap on the shoulder, or a penny dropped on a newsstand–I am tempted to think . . . there are no little things.       Bruce Barton

Spiritual: (NIV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

Whom among us would not like to make better decisions and have fewer mistakes in our lives? This is a no brainer. By having a closer relationship with God, the source of all knowledge, power, love and many, many wonderful attributes; we have access to a Heavenly Father who is there, willing and ready to help us in leading more productive and meaningful lives. He is there and wants to be a part of our life, we must reach out to Him.

Prayer: Help me to know when I should really pay attention to details and when it is not so necessary.

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