Whoever came up with ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’? I have never agreed with that philosophy. Wasn’t it the straw that broke the camel’s back? The little things that mean so much? Little things… like a kind word from someone when it seems the world is mad at you, a single buttercup poking is sunny face through remnants of the winter’s snow, or a cool evening breeze whispering across your cheek at the end of a scorching day – aren’t these the things that make a difference in the hustle and bustle of daily life?
Or perhaps we are too busy in that hustle and bustle to take note of these small gifts. I wonder how often the average person notices a particularly beautiful sunset or unusually brilliant full moon? How often does a busy, sleep-deprived parent stop and really listen to their child’s giggle or truly appreciate a tiny fistful of flowering weeds thoughtfully picked for them? I hope more so than not.
I, too, have been guilty of getting caught up in life and missing the little signs that are sent to me to remind me to slow down and appreciate life. I try not to take these things for granted, but in times of pain or stress, it’s easy to overlook these silent reminders. I am an average person living an average life, but am embarking on a journey of self and spiritual discovery. I will not continue to live an average life reacting to what is thrown at me like a childhood game of dodge ball. Instead I will learn how to live purposefully and will take the curves in my path in stride.
Life is such a beautiful gift with so many little gifts along the path to help us along in our journeys. I will try to be watchful for the gifts and will most certainly be grateful for them. ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’? No. I say it’s the little things that make life worth living. And I intend to live a life full of small things.
Blessings ~ CS