I have always loved the expression "A mighty oak from a little acorn grows." I guess I identified with the little acorn. I had two older and bigger brothers and in addition to being the littlest kid in the family, I was also the littlest kid in my class in school, at least in the little grades. So part of what the saying suggested to me was that I might have a growth spurt down the line somewhere.
But I was a poor kid, too, and somehow the expression also gave me confidence that I could make something of myself despite my circumstances. It is nice to have a pat little saying reminiscent of some object that is part of one's everyday life which is both motivating and compatible with the cycles of nature.
Image Credit » Photo taken by me with my Samsung Note 3 phone.