“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.” -C.S. Lewis, Virtue and Vice
I’ve said it and heard it before: in order to become a better writer, you need to read writers who already know what they are doing. I used to read a lot. Then, I had a baby, graduated college, got married…and somehow lost touch with written words. In an effort to change this, I’m starting small. Not that Lewis is a “small” writer, hardly, but this collection of his many works titled “Virtue and Vice” is a pocket sized book of 92 pages, something I can handle right now.
I love when he says that we “may go on to victories you never dreamed of” by everyday deciding to do good rather than evil. For some reason the word victories struck a chord with me; as in, if I choose to do good, it will eventually come back around to me in my own personal victories. I guess choosing to do what is good and right shouldn’t essentially be motivated only to bring good back to myself, but I don’t think it’s necessarily an entirely selfish thing, either.
I feel like I’m in lit class again…except, no pressure!
this photo made me realize I need to clean my table…