It doesn’t get much smaller than a mouse.

Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things. I am tempted to think there are no little things.
— Bruce Barton (1886-1967, Author and Advertising Executive)

It doesn’t get much smaller than a mouse. Once upon a time (all good stories start that way after all), there was a boy who dreamed and drew all the time, because that was what made him happy. And he went from newspaper to newspaper trying to sell his cartoons, but none of them were interested. In fact, many told him he had no talent, and to forget his dreams, but he refused to listen. He was wise enough to know that he had talent, he had to follow his dreams, and that he would do what he loved for his career.

Eventually, a minister at a church gave him the little job of drawing pictures for the church’s events, and he threw in a “studio” for him to work in – because the boy hadn’t got anywhere else to stay. And the studio was a little studio – it was a dusty mouse infected garage.

Yet that is quite possibly where the idea of Mickey Mouse was born – because that little boy was Walt Disney, who filled so many people’s childhood with delight (including my own), who became a film producer, director, screen writer, philanthropist, winner of 26 Academy awards, and designed the most amazing theme parks with the “wow” factor in mind. Disney himself is quoted as saying, “I hope that we never lose sight of one thing: that it was all started by a Mouse.”

It’s a reminder that when we set out to do what we love and what makes us happy, when we follow our dreams or our purpose in lives, then often there is no “great plan” at the start of anything which ends UP “great!” It’s much more a case of perseverance and action, of putting one step in front of another – and of not being able to see much more than that one step ahead.

So this week, be happy – and take action – because you have no idea where you may end up from that first little step.

Copyright © C.D Johnstone January 2010

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