Amy Rees Anderson

If You Can’t Do The Little Things Right, You Will Never Do The Big Things Right

Being out of town and staying in a hotel for a business conference the last several days I experienced the joy that comes from the amazing housekeeping staff making my bed every day. There is something so amazing about coming into the bedroom and seeing a perfectly made bed waiting for you. It’s as if peace and order have been restored in the Universe.

I love the message shared by Navy Admiral William H. McRaven about making your bed:

“Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack — that’s Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task — mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle-hardened SEALs, but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

I love that! And it is totally true!! …Now if I could just convince my husband to take the Admiral’s advice I could come home every night to a bed that is made… 😉

~Amy Rees Anderson

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