So here I am, Sunday night in my fun aqua and brown office decor, sitting in my familiar chair, using my familiar keyboard, and looking at my familiar screen. The smell of my cooking spaghetti sauce wafts upstairs as I play my new Tango CD.
Hard to believe, less than 48 hours ago I still was in Argentina. As the planed prepared for a on time take off, I looked through the window at the city that took on smaller and smaller dimensions as our altitude increased. I learned a lot about Buenos Aires, the culture, the art, the dance and the music. I also longed for the simple little things that make my life that much more interesting and fun. Please understand, this is not because I was unhappy in Buenos Aires… in fact, my last week was bittersweet. I was but days away from my old life, but rather liked this new life I was getting to know.
What are the types of thing I missed most? Well, other than the obvious ones, my sweetie, my girls, my family members, my friends, my coworkers… Those are given – but the ones that seemed to some as a surprised we little things… simple things… nonetheless, things I value greatly…
Gourmet things like my Kraft Soft Peanut Butter with less salt; the smell of my house as we walk in the door; the crunch of the leaves under out feet as they flutter to the ground aided by a fierce wind; the sound of our Kimmy cat at the foot of our bed; the warmth of Steve’s hand on my back when I fall asleep… small things that together, add up to a charmed life.
Sure, the book tells you not the sweat the small stuff – that works well in business – go for the 80% rule, which means aim at getting 80% of issues addressed, questions answered and things planned and considered… the small items will get corrected in due time, but their impacts are minimal.
YET, I am here to suggest we CELEBRATE the small things… for many people SMALL things are ALL they can celebrate. Someone who walks two more steps than the previous day; someone who can remember one more face; someone who understand one more sentence or someone who can save one more meal for their family. Let’s celebrate small stuff….
A stranger’s smile on the subway; the sound of a chipmunk calling to its mate; the smell of sweet late flowers blossoming in the sun; The wonderful taste of mashed potatoes and turkey; the sounds of a wonderful piece of music; the light shining through a window and the solemn sound of honking geese leaving the North for a warmer climate.
Let’s be grateful for the helping hand of a friend; the kind compliment of a sibling; the smell of fresh ground coffee in the morning and the gentle wind through the trees. Let’s appreciate the phone call from a distant relative; the moldy small of the old book; the softness of your oldest pair of pajamas or the soft warming taste of a warm tea. Let’s remember the kindness of others, the support of unknown individuals and the focus of hard working folks doing their work day in, day out.
Let’s be grateful for our personal security, our safety in our cities, our abundance of products and our unconditional love given to us by family and friends. Let’s not sweat the small issues, but let us CELEBRATE the small things!! They bring fun to a dreary day, support on a tough time, colors to an overcast day, joy in the ;east expected moments…
And know – if though it may not seem as such right now, they ARE THERE!!! Leave the details of your day, and seek those small things that make you smile, that make you dance, that make you dream, that give you hope… AND CELEBRATE THEM!
I know I have so much to be thankful for, and each moment, more seem to show themselves to me. How could I ever thing that life is nothing but spectacular – never easy, a given or a piece of cake… but always, it is to be celebrated… Look for these details, look as hard as it might be, and when you find one, look at it, figure it out, admire it, and be thankful for it… In no time, this will become a standard thing to do day in, and day out…