Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's the little things in life...

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

More and more I stop and cherish the little things in life, the day to day treasures, whether they be kind words or simple pleasures.

A phone call from a friend you haven't seen in a while, a compliment when you need it most, a card in the mail, hearing your favorite song on the radio at just the right time, or just a few hours of quiet alone time with a cup of coffee and a good book or your favorite magazine.  These small, but important moments in our lives, are the ones that help us stay sane, in a world that sometimes feels like it's falling apart.

Homemade cookies are a little thing that can put a smile on anyone's face.

Watch the news on any given day, and you will undoubtably be depressed after hearing about the all the turmoil and violence going on in our world.  As much as I want to stay connected to what's going on around me, sometimes I want to hide from it.  There is so much hardship and pain, it really makes me stop and think, are my problems that important?  Well, of course we all have our own personal struggles,  but looking at the big picture, our problems can seem so small in comparison to what some people face in their lives on any give day. 

It's the little things that keep us from sinking into a perpetual state of despair when it seems like we have no control over what's happening to us.  Sometimes, it's just as simple as taking the time to stop and look at the beauty and nature that is around us.  In our busy lives, it's easy to forget how beautiful this world we live in really can be.  For as much as there is pain and heartache, there is beauty and kindness.  Whether it's a the magical beauty of a full moon, the wonder of a rainbow, spending time with your children, whatever is beautiful to YOU, it's really a personal thing. 

Time spent with our friends and family, in our very busy lives, is one of the most important of the little things in our lives.  The little moments, the day to day acts of kindness, these are so important, and must not be forgotten. 

Keeping a picture of your loved ones at your desk at work, making your family's favorite dinner, baking a cake or treat for someone's birthday, taking the time to stop and talk to someone when you are rushing through your day,  or sitting by a cozy fire with your family on a cold night, these are the little things that help us and those we love and care about get through the day, yet they are really the  important things that keep us all connected.

My wish for you is that you treasure all the little things in life and that you remember one small act of kindness can mean the world to someones else.

Happy Thoughts,

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful post...I agree. When I slow down and notice all the little things that are amazing and special it really changes your perspective!


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