Saturday, July 31, 2010

It's the little things...

So how many times do we look for completion in ONE major step? Life doesn't happen like that.  There are choices made, both good and bad, activities to be enjoyed or regretted, friendships to make and enemies inevitably created.  We don't take the time to smell the flowers....LITERALLY.  When's the last time that you sat and just watched kids playing, that were not your own? Or just sat outside and really soaked in the sun with or without your friends and just let the time pass by?  I know I have had moments where I've sat outside in my little patio area and just written (for a blog) or just been out people watching and I've started to notice the smaller details.  We are sometimes pushed to do something grand or spectacular to make huge impressions on people when if we got their opinions those aren't the things that would mean the most to them.  It's the little things that count....a hello, a hug, your time.  Not a huge announcement every time you speak to them (when it's only about 2 times a year) or just remembering a birthday (which thanks to FB, it's harder to forget since they remind you). 

We gloss over and undermine the effort it may have taken that person to get up the courage to do that small thing and we make them feel as if they aren't important with what they have done to/for us. When we do that, it does nothing but discourage them and make them feel as if they're not appreciated.  We need to remember to thank those who do for us and mean it. They may not be doing it for any attention or thank you's but it will be a boost to their self confidence and it doesn't cost us anything but some honesty.  

It takes bricks to build a building, many drops to fill a swimming pool, fibers to make a shirt and friends to build a lifetime of memories...every little bit counts.....