I asked a preschooler, “What did you have for a snack today?” He looked up and replied, “We had Graham Crappers.”
What a difference one little sound makes in a word! Change a “c” sound into a “p” sound, and you have a whole different story or snack. Details can make a big difference. Sometimes we get in a hurry, and we think little details will not really matter. Ignoring details is easy. Spell check helps us not to rely on memories or finger locations. We have cars that can tell us when it is time to get an oil change and when we need to get to the gas station. We have calendar reminders that audibly tell us when our wedding anniversary is. We often get complacent knowing someone else will follow us along and complete what we missed. However, to do your best in anything you really do need to attend to the smallest of matters.
My mother would say it is important to cross your “t’s” and dot your “i’s”. Apparently letters really do make a big difference in attending to details.
- Are you a person that pays close attention to details?
- What is a detail you recently missed?
- What could help you pay closer attention to the details that really matter in your life?
- How can you best handle those you encounter that do fall short when attending to details? (Giving them “Crappers” instead of “Crackers”, may not be your best answer 🙂 .)
- If you would like to see some children “enjoying” their snacks for the first time, check out Hilarius first reactions to food caught on camera. You will see the difference between “crappers” and “crackers”.
“Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.” Perry Paxton