Recognize the Little Triumphs In Order To Hang On


I’m having one of those days where I feel broken. I’ve had to scrap most of my plans for the day because my health is not cooperating. It’s easy to get frustrated when I look at my to do list and realize I just can’t, not right now anyway.

Fortunately, I came across this quote:

Little triumphs are the pennies of self-esteem. — Florence King

Not every day is about big accomplishments. Some days, we have to lower the bar and celebrate the little victories instead. While it’s easy to get frustrated by such slow progress, we still get to add a penny to the jar. Over time, that jar will get full. We just have to keep showing up.

In the meantime, I know things will improve again. I don’t know how or when, only that they will. By lowering my expectations of myself to match my abilities of the moment makes it easier to keep moving forward without wiping out completely. I can hang in there until things get better if I don’t push too hard right now.

My little triumph for today is getting a blog post up on time. What’s yours?


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

2 thoughts on “Recognize the Little Triumphs In Order To Hang On”

  1. Oh, this was timely. Yesterday I got up at 6.30 and was go-go-go all day until I begrudgingly went to bed at 10. I did all sorts of important creative things, finished a story, cleaned the house, blah blah blah. And when I went to bed, I STILL didn’t feel as if I had done enough. I also need to learn to recognize small triumphs — I mean, I’m the sort of person who picks up pennies from the ground, so you’d think it’d be easy . . .

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    1. I also find it hard to give myself credit for little stuff, but the big stuff is just a bunch of little stuff put together, the way a dollar is just 100 pennies. It’s important to set big goals and stretch for them, but it’s also important to see where we’ve been and give ourselves credit for all we’ve done, big and small. I hope you can pick up some pennies today!


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