“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
We tend to take things for granted and overlook the small blessings in our lives. When we take pleasure in the little things, we live a more graceful life. We have a more joyous heart. We tend to live a richer life – full of the beauty that is encapsulated in everything around us. As I contemplate the multitude of blessings in my life, these are some of my favorite little things that really are the big things in life:
- Hugs and kisses from my two little boys. It is amazing just how quickly they grow up! My youngest is still a kissy, huggy snuggler, but my oldest son has grown up into a “big boy” and isn’t much of a snuggler anymore. Although I am very blessed that my older son still gives hugs and kisses, just not constantly like he did two short years ago.
- My boys taking turns sitting on my lap while I read them books. I know that all too soon, neither of them will want to sit on their mommy’s lap. I relish each moment that I have now!
- Reading books to and with my sons. I absolutely LOVE books! To be able to share the joy and knowledge that one can gain from a book with my little ones is such a privilege! I love the fact that I get to share in the adventures they embark on when they enter the world of books. Another cool thing is that my oldest son can sound out and read rather large words, but still prefers me to read aloud to him. I treasure this time of him wanting me to be part of his intimate world!
- Observing my sons helping each other. Watching them interact in a kind and generous manner without external interference is heartwarming. I cling to these moments to help me deal with the much more often bickering that occurs.
- Holding hands with DH. So much intimacy is communicated between us when we hold hands. The reassurance that we are sticking together through the good and the bad with God’s help and guidance and hearts full of love and devotion to one another.
- Spending time with extended family. We take those that we love for granted as they have always been a part of our lives and we expect them to always be there. Spending time with my grandparents and other extended family last weekend refilled me. Simply being in their presence brings me reassurance that all is right with the world. Spending time with our parents is a gift that we don’t take as lightly anymore as they live over 1,600 miles away. When we do have the opportunity to spend time with them, we cherish it greatly. It is amazing just how much you miss being able to hug your parents!
- Chatting with my best friend. I am very blessed to be able to talk to my best friend almost daily on the telephone for extended periods of time (thank you, unlimited long distance!!). We are able to talk about all aspects of our lives and find support in each other for the struggles we are facing. Even when we don’t have any “news” to discuss or issue that needs debate, just hearing her voice brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart.
- Praying as a family. We say grace before meals. We all say a bedtime prayer together as part of our nightly bedtime routine for the boys. The feeling that I get listening to them recite the prayers is indescribable. It feels as if the Holy Spirit is filling me up to over-flowing.
- Watching the children get excited about something. I wish that I could capture their joy and amazement when they discover something new or are enthralled with something! But I have found that I enjoy life more fully when I am experiencing it first hand, instead of through a lens (which is what I used to do). There are many times that I wish I had my camera in hand in order to capture those moments to be relived many times over, but alas, it just isn’t the case much anymore.
- Falling asleep next to DH. The warmth and security of DH laying beside me at night isn’t so much physical as emotional. Knowing that he will always be by my side is comforting. When we are apart, I have a hard time falling asleep.
- Hearing “I love you.” Sometimes we hear this phrase so often that it seems trite, but isn’t that what life is really all about – loving and being loved? I know that I am touched every time that someone tells me that they love me – even if it is off-handed. Just because the phrase can be said by anyone doesn’t mean that they don’t care about us. And, well, I enjoy being loved! It makes me feel, well, loved!
I am going to make a more concerted effort to enjoy the little things and bask in their pleasure!
What are the little things in your life?
Please check out Amy’s Finer Things Friday for more little/big things.