5.05.2012

the small things

The small things in life are some of the things that make it the most beautiful.

my grandma's hummel collection
bunting banners
iced coffee in a jar
old movies
lace
driving the same route you usually do and finding something different each time
breakfast in bed
the railing outside windows (especially in paris)

The small things are wonderful to look for in life, but on a more serious note, I was thinking about the small things we do or say after I read an email from someone recently. In revising what they said, sometimes we think nobody is watching and nobody will notice. Or our decisions, no matter how small, won’t matter. But they do matter. Those decisions are dictating the next step you will be able to take. Sometimes the “small things” matter the most. They seem to determine our larger portion. The tragedy is that they are small and we often overlook them or begin to believe that they cannot possibly matter.

In trying times when there's temptation to take “shortcuts" to get where we need to go, even if they seem small and meaningless, we must hold firm and do the right thing.

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong
1 Corinthians 16:13 

So when it comes to your life, try not to overlook the "small things". No matter if it's making time for yourself and watching your favorite movie for the millionth time, or how you treat others, such as a coworker that is difficult to work with.

48 comments:

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tinajo said...

True - I do always try to enjoy the small things and that makes my life happier. :-)

COPPER GARDEN // UK Fashion + Beauty Blog said...

I agree, the small things make everything better! :)

Jessie @ coppergarden.blogspot.com

Burstsof bubbles said...

this is such a lovely post and as always I love your images.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING SHAWNA!!!!!!!

Oh how I love your sentiments today and it is so nice to see you! I trust all is well, and I so appreciate your visit. I was just mentioning to Gigi that I have missed you so. How is your art coming along? How are your plans for the next phase? Your ideas here are very important. In all things, be strong and firm in the faith, with love.

BE WELL AND I WISH YOU CONTINUED SUCCESS!! Anita

georgia ~ gi gi said...

Happy Sunday Poppie Girl!
What a grear testimony this is! AMEN!
Your always so insightful, love that about you!

I am so happy to see these two posts from you! Blogworld wouldn't be the same without you!
Sending much love!

ps, I love all your pics on Instagram! Keep em coming :)

cb said...

So beautiful and so true. I believe too that the small things are what life so perfect. They turn the dull into spectular and the minimal into extrodinary.
Xo,cb

rooth said...

That's a great thing to keep in mind and I like the Corinthians verse. PS - Iced coffee in a jar may be a favourite of mine

Roselie said...

You are so,so right! In the small things is where trully life is...

Bonnie said...

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Marília Assis said...

I loved!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Beautifully put, sweetie! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend :) xoxo

Style, She Wrote said...

Great sentiments, great post! I think far too many people take the shortcut/easy way out without thinking about the consequences. xo style, she wrote

trishie said...

It's true, I always look out for the small things in life.

Ocean Dreams said...

What a beautiful post. Small things most definitely keep me going too! I love nature and just smelling a candle make me happy. And of course just being reminded how much God loves me everyday. Thanks for the simple reminder as well. :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

the small things are so important! :) happy monday!

Ann said...

Agree! These are some of the things we oftentimes don't bother with, but they are charming and makes our life a little better.

Hogger and Co. said...

YES, the railings outside, especially in Paris. It's just magical. And old movies.

amy b.s. said...

it really is all about the small things.

Prippy Handbook said...

What a thoughtful post. The small things, whether happy discoveries or ordinary-seeming interactions, can be things of much bigger importance when they are noticed by someone.

I'm currently laid up recovering from an injury, and the small things have become amplified. Visits from friends, lack of inquiry from a few colleagues... any number of things are viewed under a microscope by me if I don't keep myself busy. But that is life? Small things can become big distractions.

Martina said...

You're so right - the small things are, what counts, the moments of inner presence, when we are there to see ... Have a lovely start to your week!

My Cowlick said...

yes, I agree. What a great inspirational post. Sometimes everyone just needs a breather and enjoy life...the big things and the lil things.

xx
Amanda
MyCowlick.blogspot.com

oomph. said...

i certainly enjoy the small things. especially love drinks in old fashioned jars!

[oomph.]

Gracey said...

definitely yes!

i used to be a runner. i take things as fast as i can. but i noticed there's no fulfillment from rushing and i failed to take light from the small details that make the whole.

now, i'm giving each tiny speck the significance it deserves. and i found out how fortunate i am. :)

Annie said...

Great reminder, Shawna! I really think it is all about the little things in life - they all add up in a big way! Love that Corinthians quote :) I hope you're having a great week so far. I got food poisoning on Sunday night and I'm just starting to be able to function normally this afternoon. I have to say that feeling that sick for so many hours really made me step back and remind myself to put my energy into things that really matter and stop draining my energy on things that really don't. Also, not to take things (like normal energy levels) for granted! ;) xo

About Last Weekend said...

Just thinking about things that make a house a home. We have a couple of Kevin's mother's hummels.

Manon said...

I love this post! The small things in live make everything worth it.

A Casa da Vá said...

Wow what a beautiful message, my friend! It really is all about the details, thank you for the lovely reminder!

xoxo
http://acasadava.blogspot.com

Gloria said...

You are so right! God sees and knows all..even the small things. We can rest knowing that. We all need to be on guard, and be firm in the faith, be strong in the Lord! :)

Beautiful images and thoughts here today. Thanks for sharing!

xoxo...Gloria

StephieB said...

Such a beautiful sentiment and I am a firm believer in "the little things". I took myself to the movies to see a very old movie the other day - very simple - but oh how good it was for the soul!

I am now going off to enjoy some tea in a jar.

May your weekend be full of "little things", Stephie x

Aliyah Olion said...

I really like your blog! this post brought a smile to my face thanks for posting :)

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Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Wise words - the simple things can be of incredible comfort during hard times and bring happiness when shared with people we love.

Imogen said...

So sweet. I love the first picture the most. It is so adorable and sweet and beautiful.

Diana said...

I agree, even the smallest things you say or do can make a difference in someone's day. I really love just saying, "Have a Good Day" when I'm at the store in the check out line, I see the biggest smiles on the cash registers faces just because someone was nice to them. Or when I used to take the city bus and tell the bus driver "Have a Great Day" they were so surprised that someone was kind to them. Its the little things! xoxo

Have an AWESOME WEEKEND LOVE!

Punctuation Mark said...

great post!! have a nice weekend!!!

A Casa da Vá said...

Friend where are you??
You are missed...

xoxo
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A Casa da Vá said...

Friend where are you?
Hope all is well

xoxo
http://acasadava.blogspot.com/

Madeleine Roberts said...

I agree it is important to count the "smaller things." I know I try to celebrate the small acts but also strive to not sweat the small things too :)
-Madeleine

A Casa da Vá said...

Where have you been.., hope all is well, and please know you are missed!

Beijos,
http://acasadava.blogspot.com

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DolceDreams said...

Such a beautiful and inspirational post! I have been MIA from blog visits, but with a tad more time now that it's summer, I look forward to popping in more often ~
Have a wonderful weekend,
and Thank You ...
Nathalie

georgia ~ gi gi said...

Just missing you Poppie Girl!
Sending you a big hug and smooch!
Love ya
gi gi

Annie said...

Hope you're doing well Shawna! Just thought of you and wanted to say hi :)

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About Last Weekend said...

I just noticed how neat and tidy Tallulah put her clothes away in the Pool lockers. It was like a wee work of art

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear dear old friend,

Ihave missed you! What happened? Anita

DolceDreams said...

So beautifully said! My Grandmother has a Hummel collection too! I hope life has been joyous, I have not been by in a while ~
Cheers to a great weekend,
nathalie