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From nothing to something is an incalculable achievement

Small is big. Change does not have to be disruptive in volume or degree to be important. Even the action of thought to do better is beyond and far above the cold and dead zero. Pulling the plug on TV is big. Opening the door and walking is enormous.
Joseph Cramer, MD, Deseret News Modified: July 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm •  Published: July 15, 2014
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There is a math principle that is mind-jarring.

Anything greater than zero is an infinite increase. Zero is zero. It is nothing. Therefore, even teeny tiny 0.000000000(a bunch of 0s)00000000(and a whole lot more 0s)1 is infinitely greater than nothing.

Skip numbers and move to people. A person depressed and overweight, hypertensive with Type 2 diabetes mellitus sits around mindlessly watching TV. In a moment of cosmic importance, they awake to the fact that their life is not fulfilling. They are tired of their present state of being and want to change. They get up. It is a struggle and takes a few oomphs and groans. They finally reach the tube and turn it off. Slowly, they open the front door, climb down a couple of steps and go outside to walk to the corner and back.

It is an incalculable achievement. It is so huge the spouse and children call it a miracle. The person went from doing nothing to doing something. That is an infinite increase.

This is a simple, heroic act. It was nothing to get up. It was everything to get up.

For those starting at zero, they must remember that even itsy bitsy additions to the universe are huge. Small is big. Change does not have to be disruptive in volume or degree to be important. Even the action of thought to do better is beyond and far above the cold and dead zero. Pulling the plug on TV is big. Opening the door and stepping outside is a major accomplishment. Deciding to decide is infinitesimally huge.

It is the change that is infinite, not the amount of change.

However, for whomever is in a similar state of doing nothing, there is a problem with this principle. If they look at their nothingness, any change — knowing it would be an infinite difference — may frighten them. Staring boundlessness in the face can be extremely intimidating. Their eyes glaze over at the enormity of it all. They stop before they start.