This advice was from a yoga instructor to her class. We were in Utthita Trikonasana (triangle pose) and many of us were getting into the pose incorrectly or bending our legs or being lazy with our arms and she said, The way you do one thing is the way you do EVERYTHING. If you’re lazy with the small things you’ll be lazy with the big ones. Every moment matters. She joked that it is the worst best advice ever because most of us realize that we’re doomed if we don’t change. I’ve been looking at everything I do (and at everyone else) through the idea that “The way you do one thing is the way you do EVERYTHING”… and it makes sense.
My boyfriend says, “I’ll do the dishes” and sure enough I find the sink half-full becuase he lost interest or got sidetracked and stopped. The way you do one thing is the way you do everything, I told him and he went back into the kitchen.
I started cleaning out my closet and realized I don’t have any casual dresses in neutral gray or khaki or green, so I left to go shopping in SoHo. The way you do one thing is the way you do everything, I said to myself as I rummaged through the racks at Zara. I promptly walked home and finished cleaning.
I have been planning on writing that short story and that cover letter and that grad school statement of purpose and that blog post and then I said to myself, The way you do one thing is the way you do everything. So I started with the first one and vowed not to stop until it was done.
I started watching an episode of Damages on Netflix and fast-forwarded through some boring parts but then didn’t understand the ending. The way you do one thing is the way you do everything, I thought and went back to watch it without rushing to the end.
I have a pile of unfinished books next to my bed. Most with fifty pages left to finish but I still buy new books or borrow them from the library. The way you do one thing is the way you do EVERYTHING, Julie! I will close my computer now and read.