Give Me the Simple Life: Little Things

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The Fisher household is all about basketball. My husband played college basketball at Seattle Pacific University (then College) and my youngest son, Tad, plays for a Christian college in Illinois. In fact, Tad’s team just won the CCIW championship and is heading onto NCAA D-3 this weekend!
John Wooden is a hero in my home. Every book by him or written about him is in our bookshelves. A new one just released, Coach Wooden’s Greatest Secreby Pat Williams with Jim Denney (Revell), and I read it as soon as it came in the mail.

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 7.55.46 PM John Wooden was all about simplicity. He never let his UCLA players get fancy with their shots–instead, he drilled them in the fundamentals. He even instructed them, step by step, on how to put on basketball socks to avoid getting blisters. Nothing was too small. Coach Wooden  had a theory: Little things prepare you for great things. 

As I mulled that over, I thought about how it was applicable to much more than basketball. Much, much more. It’s a great life lesson. To me, this perspective adjustment about the importance of little things elevates the ordinary to the sacred.
Here are a few points from the book about John Wooden’s theory that “Little things prepare you for great things”:

There is no one big secret to success.
The rewards go to the best prepared.
“Good enough” is never good enough.
Be prepared for anything.
Remember, there are no unimportant people, no little roles.

What’s your response to adjusting your perspective about little things? 

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.