In the past year or so, I’ve rediscovered my love of reading. There are many aspects of reading which to love, but one of my favorites is that it can be done virtually anywhere. With audiobooks, which I only recently started listening to, we can even “read” (or technically listen to) books as we drive to and from work and other places.
One of the books that I recently listened to, in the self-help genre, was about the importance of living “big” lives, as it relates to having dreams and taking steps to achieve those dreams. As I listened to the book, one of the concepts discussed, “low-level minutia” resonated with me. The description of the term and its impacts felt eerily relevant to my life.
Low-level minutia is essentially any activity, event, or person that drains us of the energy and time needed to pursue our dreams and hold firm to our beliefs (whatever those dreams and beliefs may entail). Low-level minutia can take many forms, including masquerading as a much higher priority seeming task or activity or even an insecurity that we have not yet fully acknowledged. Whether it’s the simple task that we keep putting off but continues to nag at us because we just won’t complete it, the inordinate amount of time we spend on social media consuming content when we should be creating it, or the fact that we claim we can’t improve our physical health because of the schedule of our families…low-level minutia often stealthily creeps into our lives.
After encountering the term, I realized just how much of the “stuff” in my own life could easily qualify as low-level minutia. For example, I know that I spend an excessive amount of my extracurricular time reading articles online when I should be writing my own. “Romantically speaking”, I have spent far too much time thinking about whether any cool-seeming cuties to whom I recently gave my digits will be intentional in how they interact with me…instead of having an unshakeable faith that the godly, awesome, and hot to me man will readily make himself known to me. Regardless of how I attempt to dress up my distractions or insecurities, they simply serve one purpose-to consume the time and energy that I should be utilizing to undertake the efforts necessary to achieve my goals and dreams.
Does that term resonate with you at all? Are there any areas of your life where elements of low-level minutia may be negatively impacting the accomplishment of any of your goals? If so, now is a perfect time to see those elements as what they are and address them accordingly…and stay in hot pursuit of your goals!
Be fabulous…and disregard the low-level minutia!