The sky is crying tonight. And it’s not whimpering in a corner. It is throwing an all-out temper tantrum complete with bright flashes of light and loud bangs that echo through the walls of my forever home. I don’t particularly care for thunderstorms, but I’m grateful I they don’t frighten me as I know they do some dogs.
Instead, I find myself cuddling a little closer to my people and bearing down until the tantrum is over. It sounds like a little thing, but it’s pretty big to me. That’s the funny thing about perspective. What might seem small to you can make or break another person’s day, week or month. Just as I am a believer in the importance of remembering the person behind the people, I appreciate when people place value on the little things.
Like when my groomer Mary stops to pet me and tell me she thinks I’m handsome while she’s got me in that terrible bath. Or I get an extra treat from Bonnie at the Starbucks drive through. Or (best yet) when anyone I come across smiles from the heart. None of these take much effort from the giver, but they the capability of having a profound impact on the receiver.
“For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed,” suggested my favorite Lebanese philosopher Khalil Gibran. That’s why I call them little big things; they are incredibly valuable no matter what your perspective in life may be. Because let’s face it. Life gets stormy sometimes.
We can’t control when it happens, but sometimes the world seems to roar and shake around our feet. It is these moments, amidst these bright flashes of light and loud bangs that echo in our hearts, that the little things matter most. Like snuggling close to my forever people when its raining cats and dogs outside. Or offering a helping hand to someone who needs it. Or paying someone a hard-earned compliment. They might seem like little things to you, but sometimes the littlest things have the power to calm the biggest storms.
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We had a bigggggggggggg storm in the South Island of New Zealand last week, lost a tree at my house but others faired much worse!
Oh my goodness! I’m so glad you’re okay my dear Leisa! Our storm wasn’t nearly that bad here, but it sure was loud enough. It’s a little more scary to me than I let on when the weather acts like that.
Lots of love,
Thank You dear Wiles, we cleaned up the tree today..well made a start
All forward motion counts. 😉
Sometimes, perhaps those little things do more good to us than we know. It’s so true that we can’t control the world around us, all we can do is those little things are hopefully will make it better for those we do for and ourselves.
You’re absolutely right – doing the right thing has a way of paying itself back over time. Not the only reason to do it, but certainly this is a bonus! 🙂
So true, Wiley! When the Petco man cuts my nails, I always give him a hundred kisses. He has a difficult job and says not all his clients are as happy as me to get their nails cut. Sometimes it just takes the littlest thing….
Love and licks,
Your story is the perfect example of the contagion that is joy. You give the man kisses to thank him for his hard work, and he loves you all-the-more for it. Isn’t joy just the best? 🙂
Lots of love,
I am so pleased that you have your people to cuddle with!!
Me too! People are the best. 🙂
Yes, the little things in life that others do for us or we do for others sometimes turn out to be the things that mean the very most to a person’s heart! Well said, Wiley!
Thank you friend! Every kind word I receive on this blog is a little thing that brings sunshine to my day. 🙂
You are very welcome! 🙂 I feel the same way about the people who comment on my blog!
I simply must visit you there again. 😉
Please do! My last entry contains a photo challenge, but so far no one took it. So I told what I thought it looked like already. But it does lead to my other blog!
The sky is crying over here too Wiley, and I always run to Mommy for comfort. I don’t mind the rain much, but the lightning and thunder scare me.
I’m so happy you have Mommy to protect you dear one!!!
If I did not have Mommy, I would be scared a lot around this time of year when the sky opens up. Mommy always knows what to do to comfort me. Snuggles on the couch always works!
😉 Glad to hear it dear friend.
The simplest kindnesses can save a life, if only from a bad day or three. Stay warm, Wyles!
Same to you dear friend!
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“For in the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” -Khalil Gibran
It is indeed those huge little things. Yesterday I was having such a sad day. I walked out to my mailbox and our neighbor, who rarely speaks, was walking her dog. Andy started smiling and wagging his whole body when he saw me and began dragging his mom my way. It made m e so happy, his joy and kindness. I petted him and told him what a sweet hand some guy he is and he snuggled close before being dragged away. He made my heart feel better. I wish his mom was as nice, but I thanked her for letting Jack snuggle.
I’m sorry to hear you were having a sad day. Lots of love to you from us, too! I’m happy the snuggles and joy and kindness. These really are life’s simplest gifts.
Lots of love to you!
Not only handsome, but you are a true swdetheart.