A little work possesses a vital importance in our life. Its achievement leads us to attain big tasks. It makes us discipline, thankful, devoted, dedicated, and distinctive. We often complain that we have been given living but not of our own choice. My father used to tell me if someone asks you for a blanket to cover himself in cold, you must provide him so. But, if he asks the blanket of his own choice, then you must refuse him because his need would be of different nature in this regard.
The main problem we people face in our personal and professional life is due to lack of discipline. We make comprehensive plans which remain unachievable because we never craft small steps needed to be taken to achieve those bigger plans. Abraham Lincoln, who was a son of a carpenter, used to cut wood, load it into a truck, and drive himself to dispatch the wood into a market. Had he not given value to the little work, he would not have become the president of the Unites States.
Discipline makes us punctual, regular and refined. My mother taught me how to insert a thread into a sewing pin. It helped me in sewing my shirt button when I was living in a hostel during my under-graduation. Had I not learnt this a little skill, I would not have been able to sew even my own scattered buttons. I would have been dependent on other to do it for me. The skill saved not only my time but also my dignity by not asking others’ help in this regard.
Similarly, we have significant timings for the offerings of the prayers. As there are certain numbers of obligations to be performed in a Prayer like Fajar has Two Farz, whereas Zuhr has 4 Farz which are to be offered at a fixed time. Meaning thereby is that no one can offer more than the prescribed number of Obligatory Rakats in his or her prayer. It indicates us the value of the prayers and the discipline involves into it. Likewise, if someone is to become an engineer then he has to first go through school and then college first. Only then he can be eligible for admission in an Engineering college or University.
Our problem is that we do not give value to these little things. Consequently, we cannot develop in ourselves the habit of discipline and dedication. It leads us to procrastination which in turn, results into disastrous failure. Further, it is said that there was one of Jews who was very rich and owned a big house building in Canada. He used to wipe out the water spilling over the road of the street where his building was. And, when he was asked that why he had been doing this work as it could have been done by someone else, he said that the work he had been doing had already been done by the Prophets. The Prophet of his religion was Hazrat Musa (A.S), who used to pasture the goat. Hence, it was the Prophetic profession.
One fine day I asked my mentor the theory behind pasturing of goats by the Prophets. I came to know that since the Prophets had to lead the people by convincing them and it was the most difficult thing to do, therefore; they had been ordained to graze the goats as these are regarded as the toughest animal to handle. And, grassing of the goats was actually their training to assist the human beings in the days to come.
Employees after being hired in an organization become more demanding rather than proving themselves worthy of such desires or demands. This creates a nexus of conflict between them and their seniors and boss which in turn, ignites the spate of irritation in them. It further tarnishes the discipline and the image of the organization. Officers let alone the job of a laborer do not even seem appropriate to lift even a file or a pale of files.
To put into a nutshell, doing little things has a tremendous value. It establishes discipline, flourishes personal grooming and accelerates social skills. It makes man prosper professionally. Quaid-e-Azam, the founding Father of Pakistan, placed the stone of Pakistan on discipline. It was his relentless thrive for discipline which made him able carved an independent territory for Pakistan. Hence, it has been proved that little works which apparently do not seem to be important are actually pivotal so much and so forth that they can bring a sea-change in our life.
Saqib Khan Yusuf Zai
Lecturer, Professional Trainer & Management Consultant