Monday, March 31, 2014

Attraction Principle #14: God Is in the Details

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I carry a horseshoe nail with me in my change purse and often quote the following poem:
For the Want of a Horseshoe Nail with my own ending.

For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.

Now, why didn’t they put a nail in the shoe
And save the horse and the rider too
And win the battle and save the king?
I guess it was just the same old thing:
Dumb details.

The difference between success and failure in life is often the difference in knowing which details are critically important and which are not so much. A wink can be a small detail, but can communicate so much depending on the winker and the context. Last week I noticed someone pulling out of a parking place with a flat tire—and was able to stop them before the tire was shredded to pieces. Creases in your ear lobes can indicate you have a heart problem. A tablespoon of non-flavored gelatin in your smoothie or food every couple of days can relieve painful joints and help regenerate cartilage. I have a special juice recipe that cleaned the plaque out of my blood vessels in about 13 months. These and many more details can mean life and death.

I’d also like to point out that entrepreneurs get rich on details that nobody else notices. One man noticed that operating rooms needed a simple way to maintain heated fluids needed by a patient during surgery. One teenager thought his grandmother’s jam recipe was really good and started canning and selling jam, another teenager invented “fish flops” beach shoes. Each created multimillion dollar businesses (the teenagers too!) based on noticing details.

Subtleties, details and nuances are more attractive than the obvious. Stephanie takes incredible photographs, the more I look at them, the more I see the details and composition she has mastered. People can be like this too. How many people do you know without really knowing them? How about the waiter at your favorite restaurant, or the repair person who fixes your appliance? Is the executive an expert woodcarver, the plumber a poet and the tree expert a master of chain saw art?

In the creation of life, love and laughter, God is in the details. Which details do you notice? Which ones will you start noticing?

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time…like to have a friend takes time. --Georgia O'Keefe

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