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7 Small Ways to Make Big Things Happen
Goldfish
Put a penny in a fishbowl. Do this every day, for the rest of your life, and you'll soon make your poor goldfish homeless. But you will be on your way to great wealth. - photo by istockphoto.com

The old saying has it that "Mighty oaks from little acorns grow." Have you ever noticed that sometimes a very small action leads to amazingly large results?
Don’t procrastinate your decision to do something small today that will lead to something big tomorrow. Here are 7 examples of how this simple rule of life works:

Put a penny in a fishbowl. Do this every day, for the rest of your life, and you’ll soon make your poor goldfish homeless. But you will be on your way to great wealth. Pennies are not going to be around forever, you know. Someday the government is going to get tired of minting them, and then they’ll become collector’s items. Also, the price of copper itself keeps going up and up, and so even though pennies have very little copper left in them (being mostly zinc) you will still have a commodity with increasing value. All those people who sneered at you for collecting dumb pennies will now be working for you or on Welfare or something else really awful.

Learn something old. Anybody can learn something new -- ‘this is new; I think I’ll remember it!’-- Instead learn something old, like the name of Thailand used to be Siam. Completely useless old knowledge will one day make you the King of Jeopardy, or make you the front runner if they ever revive MacGyver.

Start to shrink. If you start now you can avoid all the inconvenience of the New World Order command that will soon be coming to shrink or face a stiff jail sentence. People are taking up too much room as it is -- so get shriveling!

Grow a mustache. This can have especially huge repercussions if you are a woman.

Spare the life of a house fly. You never know, that little house fly may buzz around telling everyone what a good egg you are; the word will reach the upper echelons of the animal kingdom, and when you are hunting truffles in the Black Forest and sprain your ankle on a tree root and are surrounded by ravening bristle-haired boars one of them may suddenly recognize you from the house fly’s description and savagely nudge all the other bloodthirsty boars away, saving your life. (And Disney better keep their hands off this one; I already sold the story to Nickelodeon.)

Place a needle in a haystack. Just think how much confidence you will give to the person who eventually finds it!

Pass out cloves of garlic to everyone you meet. Most will react by curling their lip at your insignificant gesture, mocking you for attempting to do something with such a miniscule and humble thing as a mere clove of domestic garlic. But there will be a few who will be struck by the significance and symbolism of that clove of garlic, who will ponder deeply over it and eventually mend their ways and increase their brain power to the extent that they will create a New World Order in which you will be forced to shrink and shrivel away. All because of a clove of garlic...

(Tim lives in Provo, Utah. He dreams constantly about going back to live and teach in Thailand, where he lived for 5 years. He has put his dream into prose form here: http://www.gofundme.com/cmbn6w.)