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Drips in a bucket

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In Swahili, there is a proverb: “Haba na haba hujaza kibaba.” It means “Little by little the measure is filled.”

  • Imagine putting a bucket under a dripping faucet at night that you find is full to overflowing the next morning.
  • Think of the person who faithfully deposits a small amount of money every week that becomes millions at retirement.
  • Consider the ants moving grains of sand and creating vast networks of tunnels and underground chambers.

This is how we learn. It is a process. Slowly, progressively, and continuously we grow in our knowledge. Occasionally there are epiphanies and inspirations, but the greatest work is accomplished when we work steadily and satisfyingly — always, of course, keeping the goal in the back of our mind — but letting ourselves enjoy the present moment with wonder and thoughtfulness.


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