The Little Things
The little things accumulate. If they are good, fine results may ensue and if they are bad, the opposite. My guess is that in most cases the little things are as neutral as their effects.
"What have you done today?"
"I dealt with a bunch of little things that have the potential to be greater. I may never know if I removed a problem or an opportunity but it was like sweeping the ocean."
"Oh, that's nice."