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April 15, 2010

A Menu of Small Things

A Menu of Small Things by Brian GeraldWhen I moved to New York City in 2007, my plans were work, free time, and the occasional trip to visit my family. There were no grand plans for changing the world or even changing myself.  Then my iPod broke and I didn’t replace it. A string of small choices–some accidentally, some intentionally–later and here I am today.

As many readers know, recently I have been reflecting over the past three years and compiling those things which changed into “A Menu of Small Things.”  Now it is here and available for your downloading pleasure.

Click here to download “A Menu of Small Things”

Technical note: “A Menu of Small Things” is a PDF. I know most computers are more than capable of handling that file type, if you need Adobe Reader, it’s free too. If you have trouble, contact me and we’ll figure it out.

Even three years later, I discover new ways in which small things become catalysts for larger changes and breakthroughs. I invite you to sample some of the items on the menu and also to reflect on the small things you’ve already changed.

So what’s inside?

  • Twenty one suggestions on small things which can change, broken down into three categories: Starters, Entrees, and Desserts
  • A bonus “Second Course” for the adventurous
  • Advice from a wide range of life chefs including Peterson Toscano, Zoe Jouannelle, and Alexey Timbul.
  • Specific suggestions for how to implement the small things, along with the flexibility create your own plan

Dig in!

Download the menu, read it, share it, post it, quote it, print it, do whatever you like with it. After you’re done, feel free to come back and leave your comments on this post. If you want to stay up to date on future articles and resources, you can follow Work In Progress via RSS or sign-up for updates by email (which includes a free “Get To Work” series).

Comments

  1. Shorter and more accessible than Tuesdays with Morrie and practical as well as profound. Lovely. When do you publish it???

  2. Shorter and more accessible than Tuesdays with Morrie and practical as well as profound. Lovely. When do you publish it???

  3. This is good. Thank you, Brian.

    Two things– first, I have been doubling my giving. In the last few months, I’ve donated about $50/mo. to charity fundraisers my friends have been sponsoring. I never thought I’d be able to do this, but I just decided that I would, and find a place that money could come from. Looking at my budget, I have about $800 more than I “should”– because I’m being more intentional about where my money is going.

    Something else I think I would have liked to see in here is a little piece about starting a retirement fund, or contributing to one. We’re all going to need it. For me, it comes out of my paycheck before my paycheck ever hits the bank. Even as little as $25-50/mo. could mean the difference when you’re 65.

    Keep writing, keep being you.

  4. This is good. Thank you, Brian.

    Two things– first, I have been doubling my giving. In the last few months, I’ve donated about $50/mo. to charity fundraisers my friends have been sponsoring. I never thought I’d be able to do this, but I just decided that I would, and find a place that money could come from. Looking at my budget, I have about $800 more than I “should”– because I’m being more intentional about where my money is going.

    Something else I think I would have liked to see in here is a little piece about starting a retirement fund, or contributing to one. We’re all going to need it. For me, it comes out of my paycheck before my paycheck ever hits the bank. Even as little as $25-50/mo. could mean the difference when you’re 65.

    Keep writing, keep being you.

  5. @Peterson, thanks for the kind words! We shall see about publishing in the future, of course if you want to jumpstart that process by sending some publishers my way, off we go…

    @Shawn, I too have been discovering I am able to do things I never thought I could by being intentional. Great suggestion also about putting something–anything–away each month. That is another area that has become easier once I started.

  6. @Peterson, thanks for the kind words! We shall see about publishing in the future, of course if you want to jumpstart that process by sending some publishers my way, off we go…

    @Shawn, I too have been discovering I am able to do things I never thought I could by being intentional. Great suggestion also about putting something–anything–away each month. That is another area that has become easier once I started.

  7. This is unbelievably universally applicable. Usually, I find that advice of this nature is given in such an overwhelming, grand-scale manner. Your delivery is the polar opposite; you’ve packaged this information in a way that will allow people to both open, and use it in their every day lives with ease, in a way that can yield tangible, significant results. I like this. I can imagine other people like this too; delayed gratification is such a easy, dangerously common excuse for procrastination and laziness, even when it comes to finding and seeing change within ourselves and our lifestyles.

  8. This is unbelievably universally applicable. Usually, I find that advice of this nature is given in such an overwhelming, grand-scale manner. Your delivery is the polar opposite; you’ve packaged this information in a way that will allow people to both open, and use it in their every day lives with ease, in a way that can yield tangible, significant results. I like this. I can imagine other people like this too; delayed gratification is such a easy, dangerously common excuse for procrastination and laziness, even when it comes to finding and seeing change within ourselves and our lifestyles.

  9. And celebrate the joy of savoring all that’s on the menu…

  10. And celebrate the joy of savoring all that’s on the menu…

  11. tes

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