It’s true that life is made up of little things. Robert Brault is quoted as having said: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Let’s talk about the little things in life and don’t be surprised if once we get started there may be no end.
Let’s begin with tears from laughing so hard. I know a woman whose belly laugh can set most everyone to laughing. She can turn on laughter in a second’s notice and continue it until she or you drop with aching sides. Maybe it’s just a little thing, but it’s amazing the joy and release it brings to others.
It’s been raining today and it may be just another a little thing but on rainy days birds congregate in my house feeder and settle in for a dry place to stay and eat. We may refer to someone who lacks good sense as a “bird brain,” yet birds show lots of sense on rainy days.
Another little thing is being told you’re good at what you love doing. The other day, a message awaited me on face book. It was from a friend who had just found “shirlandyou.” “I read through nearly all of your blog posts and loved them. God has truly given you the gift of writing,” she wrote. Here’s one for my daughter who comments faithfully on every blog I write. Only she may understand it, it is unfolding a paper snowflake.
I told you that once we got started on this subject there would be no end. So here goes. Here’s one for me- getting a rush of ideas after a writer’s block. This one is for my husband, being able to pull through a parking space, and for me again, finally getting a joke. Hand written messages inside greeting cards is another. Noticing the surprised look on a stranger’s face because you smiled at her. Not everyone may like the feel of sand between their toes but finding your photo on someone’s refrigerator door, pleases everyone.
Are you ready for more? For everyone allergic to poison ivy, it may be a little thing but there is satisfaction at scratching an itch. Here’s more: finally finding the edge of a roll of tape, pulling out a weed and getting all the roots with it. It’s little but isn’t it nice when all the kernels pop in your bag of microwave popcorn? Hearing your husband tell you you’re pretty……a tiny baby sleeping calmly in your arms….hearing an old song and memories come rushing back……a heartfelt compliment…. a concern for your health,…….an offer of help with yard work…… the ninety year old’s radiant look at her surprise birthday party.
Going back, over seventeen years ago, do you remember the packages of adhesive backed “glow in the dark stars?” They were sold everywhere and kids loved them. With their parents help they plastered them to their bedroom ceilings, some creatively arranged to represent constellations. It was at this time that my husband became critically ill and was hospitalized. On a visit to see him, a young girl brought one of these glow-in-the dark stars to him as a gift. It now hangs in the corner of our bedroom dresser mirror. This little girl, now a young woman is in trouble and each night when our bedroom lights are turned off, that little, glowing star reminds us to pray for her. This was a little thing that became big.
Is it true that some people don’t notice the small things? It’s the little things that make us smile. Little things count, all hundreds of them, so don’t get tired of doing them. And now, think about what you have in life for which you are grateful. It could be the smallest of things, but I want to know about them. I’d love to hear your comment on the subject, “the little things of life.”