Let’s get this straight…those seemingly insignificant things are not as small as you think they are. Ever received flowers out of the blue? If you have smiled, you know what I am talking about. Let me get down to the more basic stuff. Ever smiled and greeted someone cheerfully when they least expected it and see that astonished look of pleasant surprise on their face? You got it! Bingo!
Truth is, those really insignificant things are in fact absolutely what they are not – insignificant. They mean the world to someone who is having a bad day or hasn’t had attention a long time. Why are we such sullen people? Whatever happened to the sloppy kiss you could land with your sticky candy sweetened lips on your mother’s cheek? When was the last time you hugged someone just because? Thank you. Sorry. Excuse me. Please…all forgotten old school words that carried so much of substantial wisdom in them.
My list of things that are big but perhaps may seem inconsequential…here, let me spill it over…
A shared cup of coffee in absolute silence.
A walk in the rain.
Watching the stars at night and talking about which is which.
Singing a song together.
Dancing to an off key tune hummed spontaneously.
Making paper-boats and stamping on puddles with a child.
Knowing just when to shut up.
Knowing just when to give a kick in the butt and then smiling because all is well with the world again.
A favourite song coming up on the radio suddenly.
Puppy eyes of a child melting my heart.
Babies. Gurgles. Babies gurgles.
Leaving a thank you note.
Being told I made a difference even if there is no award or recognition beyond that.
Life’s laughter, tears, feel good factors.
Call a friend ‘Ass’ and getting a smile in return.