For Want of a Nail

joist%20hanger%20nail[1]For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

I came upon this very old proverb recently (thanks M and D), and it reminded me how small actions can lead to big consequences. And yet it is so very hard to imagine at the front end how much can result from one seemingly small action…only in hindsight does this become more obvious. It reminds me of the importance of listening to my gut and having faith, and of the interconnectedness of all things.

2 thoughts on “For Want of a Nail

  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post! It is an excellent old proverb that I’ve not seen in many years, and your insights sparked by it offer me great comfort. It IS so important to listen to our intuition, and do those small actions we feel urged to do, having faith in the ripple effect that is meant to be, in this glorious and challenging interconnected place.

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