THE POWER OF SMALL THINGS
Black Lives Matter! A Pandemic is Serious! What Happened to Compromise? Should schools open? Why is the CDC being cut out of the Covid-19 reporting loop? Why is wearing a mask an issue of freedom? Russians are not on our side. Is my country, the country of my birth, the country that I love, declining like the Roman Empire? All of these thoughts have been rampaging through my mind recently. I don’t know any of the answers, nor do I have any control, except with my vote, which may not be counted this year..
So, I am going back to the simple pleasures that have been so important to the quality of my life. I am starting this better path simply by identifying and expressing gratitude for something small. After all, most everything started out small, so why not focus on simple, small things. I thought about those things that made me smile yesterday, in the last few minutes. There are lots of small things that can make your day.
Here are some of mine:
- getting lost in a novel
- my old blue sneakers
- I enjoy biographies, who would have thought!
- my meditation that connects me to the day
- my favorite coffee cups
- taking a walk
- dinners with family
- a really good hug
- watching a bird going about its business and paying me no mind
- reading in the shade of a large oak tree
- sitting on my balcony in the sun reading a good book on my kindle
- petting my cat, Charlie
- looking at my garden
- morning coffee
- large glass of water and time with God
- perusing through my favorite bookstore
- walk in the woods
- Linda’s smile
Experiencing any one of these small things can make my day joyful. I get lost in a good book a lot but I do not spend enough time reflecting on why the book held my attention. Reflecting on the joy of the book can bring a smile to my face all day. I encourage you to make your own list of small things that make you smile and feel good about yourself.
For years, I thought that having the desire to be the best-of-the best at my job would bring me happiness. But I eventually learned and have been reminded many times that this simply is not the case. I do believe, however, that many folks have that desire because doing your best is not good enough. Indeed, if you have that burning desire to achieve and accomplish important things, then please take along a list of small things to make your way more enjoyable. Develop this as a habit, and you will be amazed at its power and impact. Through the power of small things — adding new things regularly, they will build upon one another and over time have an extraordinary impact on your performance and serenity.