It’s the little things people.
Yesterday, before she left to soccer on a 95-degree day, Sweet P (who is not always, uh hmm, sweet) came in to thank me for filling her water bottle.
Then a friend texted to say she was thinking about me. I found a five in the pocket of the capris I hadn’t worn in awhile. And, my cat came and laid on my lap and purred like a little engine.
Little thing. Little thing. Little thing. Sure. It’s not like Oprah called saying she wanted to be besties, it’s not that I won a gazillion dollars, or created world peace. I didn’t run into Justin Timberlake at the market, but all these so-called little things made for one-big-fat-good-feeling night.
Living Well in the Moment
Don’t bother worrying about the little things – or anything really, because worry rarely translates into actions that make a difference. “Don’t,” as Richard Carlson said, “sweat the small stuff.”
But do focus on making the little, quiet, routine moments better.
Do focus on filling them with gratitude and compassion and joy and love, because one thing is sure: when we give attention to living well in this moment, we make the next moment a little better, a little easier to bear. That helps us make the moment beyond that a bit better and all the moments to come easier until we’ve strung together a whole big awesome life of little sweet moments.
Life is in the little things. The brief moments when we say I love you or walk away, when we give a hug or keep our distance. The moments when we choose kale over chocolate or chocolate over kale. These little moments shape the quality of our lives and the way we contribute to the world. Life is all about the little things.
You can sit at home and make a five year plan – and I have. You can have long and short term goals – and I do. But, my primary focus now is to give attention to the moment that I have now. It’s all I know for sure. And, anything I’ll complete five years out, starts right now, with me making the most of the moment that I have.
Image by Erin Cairney White. Cairney White uses mixed media – acrylic paints, gelatos and a variety of papers, inks and stamps to create her work from her Snohomish, Washington studio. She is a wife and mother of four who also teaches art classes and works with educators in the Snohomish School District to support special needs students.