I advocate appreciating even the small things in one’s life. Sometimes they can make you feel better than big, expensive things. For those of you who have been following me a long time, please forgive this repeat: I’ll never forget when I had cancer, and when I went to my regular grocery store, where you have to bag your own groceries, the lady and her son ahead of me in line bagged my groceries as soon as they heard the clerk ask me how I was getting along. That small act of kindness and compassion became very big in my heart (and resides there still).
When my dad posed as Santa Claus and handed out candy to kids in that Michigan grocery store, he gave candy to even the senior citizens. One lady cried because someone had taken two minutes to speak to her in a kind way, and then she didn’t have to feel forgotten.
Sunday morning I had my hot water and lemon juice before my walk, but nothing after that for several hours. My getting sick to my stomach was a signal to my poor body that it needed hydration – and fast! I would have felt much better if I had remembered to take care of myself – going to write instead of drinking a glass of water after my walk was just the reverse of what I needed.
And most of you know me by now: I love to write poetry. 🙂 So, I will write a poem regarding what we have just been discussing.
THE LITTLE THINGS
Let your mouth take in food and drink
they will help you exist more fully.
Let your eyes see the beauty in the every day
and learn to ignore the slights against you
Let your feet move to assist those who need you
instead of being quiet and bored
Let your hands give gifts of love to those around you
or accept help if that is what is called for
Let your heart stay pure
never regarding anyone’s motives except your own
Let your brain be renewed daily
by choosing only the important things to think about
Use your whole body to help others
Of this, life is made