Bit by Bit, Drop by Drop
My family and I are settling into our new digs (new city, new state, new job, new preschool). It's been a lot, but after three months in our new home, we finally feel like we are finding our footing.
There are no more tears at preschool drop-off in the morning. It still stings a little bit when I drive away, but it feels really good, too. I guess we're both growing up :)
One of the first assignments at my new job is producing a project for psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Rick Hanson. Rick has written and taught extensively on the essential inner skills of personal well-being, psychological growth, and neuroscience—the study of the brain. His latest book is Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.
One of the more powerful things I have learned from Rick so far is something he refers to as "bit by bit, drop by drop." It originates from the Buddha:
"Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good."
He uses it to explain how taking in the good in our lives, bit by bit, drop by drop, we eventually hardwire the brain for happiness.
The more I thought about this concept, the more I wanted to put it to the test in my own life—but not only with taking in the good, but in other areas of my life as well.
I have used it throughout the past month in the areas of financial, health, exercise, personal, political, friends, and family, and with my creative projects, as well.
So far, it has completely helped with my overwhelm and my anxiety about my to do list. Before I started working with bit by bit, drop by drop. I would go to sleep at night feeling guilty about all I still needed to do, and when I’d wake up in the morning, my heart would already be beating with all I that I had to do that day.
I know it seems so basic to tackle things bit by bit, but for some reason addressing these items daily makes me feel more calm, and overall, I feel better about myself.
Bit by bit, drop by drop, the pot will be filled.
I'm grateful for the work I get to do. I am constantly being introduced to amazing individuals who teach me so much about myself, and about life in general.
Until next time,