I recently was contacted over Facebook by a friend I haven't seen for over 36 years. For the last year or so we have been in touch. He stated he had a rough weather weekend in California. He said that it poured and he was up all of Saturday night worrying if the new construction on his house was going to leak. It held up perfectly and he was able to do the drywall. Little victories and preoccupations help get us through the day was his final comment. Hmmm.
I answered that he was so right about little things. I told him of a friend's father who died a long time ago at 63 years of age, and his last thoughts had to do with household plumbing. Apparently the day to day particulars kept him going too. I also realized my dad did many day to day chores with no great payoff. I appreciated this quality late in my life. At the very least it helps us survive another day. Furthermore it takes pressure off the more ambitious pursuits, focusing us on what is small but necessary.