During Earth's lifespan, bacteria have been present for hundreds of billions of years, while humans have only showed up in the last minute. What makes bacteria so powerful that they were able to survive through explosions and toxic gases and ice ages? Bacteria have a job, they eat. They eat just about anything. They perform this job of transforming soil into a life giving substance and consuming waste and fixing pollutants. Their power lies in repetitive motion and their massive population. So what can we learn from bacteria?
We can learn that our lives are not so much defined by the large life choices we make, but by the minute, barely noticeable decisions we make on a daily basis. Every moment we have a choice. We can smile at a stranger, or not. We can take our work to a coffee shop, or not. We can whistle while we drive, or not. We can eat a piece of cake, or not. All of these tiny choices help to build a foundation of our lives.
Like the wise words of Dr. Suess's the Lorax, "Which way does a tree fall? In whatever way it bends. Choose wisely where you bend". Every moment we have the power to determine our future. Some things feel great in the moment, but may not lead to a fulfilling life. Before you act, think of which way you'd like to bend.