The little things in life are not really little. They become the cornerstone of our days and they create the life we live. They gradually paint the masterpiece that is life, yet we mistakenly believe that only the big things make a profound difference. So, let this be your happy challenge today: be mindful of the smaller details of your moments.
“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” – Bruce Burton
Regard the Little Things
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” – Arthur Conan Doyle
Open your eyes to the details, and relish in what you see. Find beauty in the forgotten path. Enjoy the little things that are happening around you, because it’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.
Celebrate the small victories and cherish the seemingly insignificant moments, for you’ll one day realize these were the big moments. Appreciate the small things because they add up to everything.
Through mindfulness of the little things, we can settle into the present, viewing ordinary things and “mundane” moments with much more curiosity, interest, and awe. By rediscovering your childlike wonder and a sensation of awe, you may feel like you have more time available to you, and that life is more satisfying. You may find that you are less impatient, less concerned with material items, and more focused on your experiences, particularly your present moment experience.
Think about and watch for the everyday moments that you would like to remember. What kind of words are you using? What actions would you commit today that you could look back on, lovingly? What small things can you do today that you will be thankful for tomorrow?
As John Wooden said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
Do Small Things with Love
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
You don’t have to do something momentous or monumental to change the world. You can begin one step at a time to transform the smallest areas of your life, or the life of someone else. As the saying goes, “Friendship isn’t a big thing. It’s a million little things.”
Small things matter–small acts of kindness, moments of compassion, selfless giving, half-steps in the right direction–and when we do them mindfully, purposefully, and with love, we can make a big difference.
We often think that we need the big, difficult steps to make the change happen, but that’s not true. It’s the little steps we take that bring in the energy of change. No matter how small, start something that matters. You can start anything…
- Thinking supportive thoughts. Anything that has ever been manifested in this world always began as a thought, an idea.
- Cultivating strong relationships. Connecting to others in meaningful ways in a loving spirit has the power to transform everything in your life.
- Getting clear on what you want and on how you want to be doing it.
- Following your heart, your dreams, your happiness, or your own inner wisdom.
- Expressing yourself and being yourself.
- Letting go of what’s no longer supporting your peace and happiness.
- Truly caring about how you show up in the world each day, and making a commitment to living as many moments as possible with presence, gratitude, and awe.
Remarkable amounts of anything starts with one small step, and each small step creates momentum towards the life you love. The possibilities that once were invisible become visible. The things that once seemed impossible become possible. It all begins with that first, tiny step in the direction of your happiness.
“When it comes down to it, it really is the little things that count most.” – Robert Cheeke
Reflect on and grow your awareness of the good moments in your day. Focus on the positive experiences, and try to approach the seemingly less-than-ideal moments with some self-compassion. When you give daily attention to the good things happening around you, it will be reflected in the quality of your life.
Life happens moment by moment, always right now. There are small opportunities each day brings, and they are brought in moments. Miracles happen in moments. Value these moments in your life and vow to fully show up for them today. Vow to see the detail, beauty, character, and harmony that is here at all times.
Redefine what extraordinary should describe today… The ordinary is somehow the most extraordinary. It’s the part of our world where beauty is interlaced into each detail, woven into the next moment. Vow to see everything, and everything becomes beautiful. Everything becomes extraordinary.
- What small moments will you savor today?
- What small things can you do to help yourself or someone else?
- What little things, now looking back, mean everything to you?
Please share your own thoughts, lessons, and experiences with me in the comments.
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It was the million tiny little things that, when I added them all up, meant everything to me.
Free rose image by Angie Makes; lettering by Aim Happy.