In maths, the whole is the sum of integrals of the infinitesimal units of the whole. 1+1 = 2, and so is 0.5+0.5+0.5+0.5 = 2, and so on and so forth.
A good book is not written in a go, but it begins through the act of writing one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one paragraph at a time.
People who achieved successful weight loss do it by watching what they eat and what they do (exercise) daily. The overall weight loss number at the end of certain months or years is the sum of their infinitesimal efforts on a daily basis.
Maturing as an adult is the sum of all your infinitesimal personal experiences, reflection and introspection you put yourself through since birth.
This is why, little things you do to produce change, or small differentials, matter.
People with TSW often start their journey thinking “WHEN WILL THIS END?”
In my most difficult circumstances, this was all I thought about.
In reality, it is wrong.
Start by thinking “What little thing can I do today for a better future, even if I don’t see immediate progress or results.” Start thinking in the long run, like the person trying to lose weight, or the person yearning to mature.
Instead of complaining and ranting about your TSW. Spend 5 minutes listening to your favorite music. You would have taken your mind off from negative thoughts for 5 minutes. Next day do 10 minutes, then 60 minutes.
Instead of staying sedentary, start by walking 10 steps in a day. Then 50, then 100, then jog, then run.
Instead of venting your anger at the doctors or big pharma, take small actionable steps to solve the problem and make things better for others.
Instead of quitting eating unhealthy food immediately, consider eating lesser and lesser of junk, while choosing more options and portions of healthy food gradually.
Instead of worrying about your future, focus on the now. Practice mindfulness for 1 min, then 10, then 30, then 1 hour.
You may not appreciate or see the little things that you do or the small changes you make today.
Yet, over time, these small differentials and small changes add up. And these small changes are easier to make compared to large changes.
Be the change that you want, start small today.