"You'll see, you'll come to understand. These big things, these terrible things, are not the important ones. If they were, how could one go on living? No, it is the small, little things that make up a day, that bring fullness and happiness to a life. Your Sergeant coming home, a good dinner, your little Mary laughing, the smell of the woods --oh, so many things, you know them yourself."Of course, this character was talking to our heroine about death, disease, burying children, fire, and living up in the wilds of Northern Canada in 1907. But for me, tonight, it has given me some strength to ignore the big things. The depression, the possible changes, the exhaustion, the house --and to focus on the little things.
Here are my little things tonight:
*My son actually enjoyed his first piano lesson!
*Herbal tea is divine and can calm almost any nerve.
*The beautiful painting of my children is so large that I see it in the corner of my eye even as I type this. The beautiful painting of my children praying.
*Enya Radio on Pandora is my favorite.
*I can read. I can write. I can understand what I read and write.
*The anticipation of ripening peaches makes the waiting almost worth it.
*Since coming home from work, my hero (a.k.a. my husband) has been to Costco for me, set up something technical for the Stake, attended a Stake meeting for all youth leader/parents, and went over to a neighbor's house to fix a computer problem. And he looks dang awesome in a suit!
Tomorrow will be a big thing (flying to Portland, yo!), but instead of focusing on the mileage I'll have to walk, I'm going to take this quote with me, and I'm going to focus on the little things: The women on my team, the scenery, the ocean, the awesome drop in elevation for my lungs!
What are your little things lately that make life full and happy for you?