People say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” For me, that’s the most important stuff. For me, that’s the stuff that matters.
Those extra 5 minutes with someone talking because you know you have to leave, but you enjoy the conversation.
The longer-than-usual hug because you really want the person to know you care.
The dinner where you all sat at the table and talked to each other.
The 10 minute board game you play with your kids.
The Little Things MATTER
Tonight, I successfully got all of my boys in bed at a reasonable time in an effort to prep them for the start of school. They all bathed and are in their own beds to sleep tonight. They may not actually be sleeping yet, but they are “trying” as kids do.
That seems like such a little thing. A normal, little thing all parents must do around this time of year.
Except for me, it’s a HUGE thing.
We struggle with routine, especially this year with all of its craziness. We, I, struggle with consistency of routines. The day gets away from all of us and we run out of time resulting in a rush to bed skipping all the logical steps.
“They can bathe tomorrow,” I think to myself
“One late night won’t kill them,” I think
Then, one night turns into 5 nights in a row of bad sleep and no structure and then into a month and if I’m being completely transparent, that month turns into the entire summer.
Tonight may seem small. Who knows whether we will be consistent or successful, but I feel like this is a big little thing. Something worth feeling accomplished.
After all, aren’t most of the BiG things an accumulation of All of the Little Things we do?
If you only rely on the BiG things to matter, most of your life would be considered unimportant.
I think we should celebrate the little things. No matter how small or insignificant they may seem. I’d much rather be happy and proud of my everyday life than waiting and probably disappointed by my expectations of any “BiG things” I would look forward to.
I encourage you to find joy in the little things.
The small, every day things that make you feel accomplished and proud. Who cares if it seems like everyone is doing it without a second thought? If it was tough for you to do or something you got done that you knew no one else around would, you Should Be Proud of Yourself!
Be proud you got out of bed this morning.
Be proud you fed your kids.
Be proud you sent that text.
Be proud you did the dishes.
Don’t feel guilty about binging your favorite show all day. Be happy you spent all day doing whatever you wanted and took time for yourself.
Be happy you let your child pour their own juice despite any minor mess they may have created. You are giving them the space and independence they need.
Be happy you put so much cream cheese on your bagel that your dad would have a conniption had he paid for said cream cheese.
Find little things and do them.
Because…It’s the little, small things that count.
MAKE GOOD CHOICES.
~Love & Light, Sarah