It’s the little things…

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I hear it all the time. I’m sure you do, too. The simple expression, “It’s the little things in life.” I have always agreed but as I’m getting older, I seem to be reminded of it more. I find myself looking to the little things to help me throughout the day. They are the constant reminder that we need to enjoy life more and that life truly is beautiful. I also believe that sometimes the little things can help us find the silver lining we are so desperately searching for or are in need of.

“Maybe you just have to live for the small things, like being called pretty or someone picking up the pen you just dropped or laughing so hard your stomach hurts. Maybe that’s all that really matters at the end of the day.”

Recently, I started volunteering at the Hospice House at St. Luke’s. In my heart it has always been something I have wanted to do. I can’t really explain why but when you have such a strong feeling for something you just have to follow through with it. So that’s what I’m doing, I’m following through. Being there has just strengthened my belief that the little things in life truly end of being the big things. Why? Because the little things are what bring the joy, happiness and comfort in our lives. It may mean something different for each person but the common thread is that it allows us to appreciate all that life has to offer along with the people in it. Sitting with someone and just holding their hand or reading to them may not seem like much, but it is. Giving someone a hug, making sure there’s always a fresh pot of coffee for the families that are there may seem so simple or insignificant, but it’s not. Those are some of the little things that make the difference. They provide a little bit of comfort and normalcy to the families and patients. I truly feel that it’s an honor and privilege to even be allowed to help and be present.

I will be the first to admit that sometimes I can get caught up in the day to day stress and bullshit that inevitably does not even matter at the end of the day. It’s hard not to, right? In just the short amount of time that I have been at the hospice house it has helped me to remember to savor the little things EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. To stop worrying and start living!

I mentioned earlier that the little things in life might be different for each person but I encourage you to make a list. I did! It’s fun and it helps me to appreciate. I keep it on the notepad on my phone and add to it as needed. Here’s a just little snip-it:

• Getting a really good hug from someone.
• Hearing my favorite song at the exact moment I need a little pick me up.
• Deals & Steals on Good Morning America. {I live for this segment on a Thursday morning!}
• Getting a good parking spot.
• Seeing someone I love happy.
• Hearing someone laugh.
• A fun pair of socks.
• Scoring an awesome deal at my favorite store.
• Warm clothes out of the dryer.
• Opening a new jar of peanut butter.
• Spending time with someone I care about…even if it’s only for five minutes.
• Finding a fun coffee mug and adding it to my collection.
• Sunsets.
• When a favorite movie of mine is on t.v.
• Acting goofy with my nieces & nephews.
• Finishing a really good book.
• Seeing people smile.
• Petting a dog…especially my favorite, Brody!
• The first steps on the beach after a long, dreary winter.
• Finding the missing puzzle piece/finishing a puzzle.
• Seeing a rainbow or a hummingbird.

 

As always, thank you for taking the time to read. I hope each and every day of yours is filled with lots of the “little things!” Be kind to yourself.
– Ange

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2 comments

  1. Angela Connell says:

    it takes a special person to volunteer at Hospice! They are so wonderful there and they are so lucky to have you. In the short time we spent there, it certainly makes you remember to be thankful….for everything! Especially those little things! Xo

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