“Enjoy the little things.” I have a bone to pick with you, quote that everyone says all the time. I’m not here to be mean or demanding, but I am here to explain why a change in perspective on the little things in life may just result in a massive shift in how amazingly magical moment-to-moment life can be. When I hear musings about the little things in life, I get irked. Really, I’ll take what I can get in terms of positive inspirational quotes that don the backgrounds of many a computer. But, it’s my personal opinion that we can take it up a notch on the little things front.
Similar to the sensation you experience when someone turns the music off before warning you as you’re belting out Celine Dion, I feel slightly perturbed, but not altogether upset when the “little things” term comes up. Because these things, these “little things”, like enjoying your daily cup of coffee as a near spiritual experience, aren’t little, they’re monumental.
What if we stopped thinking about how yummy that new Hot Buttered Rum candle smells (You can purchase this luxury at Anthropologie. I highly recommend it) or how that deep breath of fresh air feels in our lungs as little things that pop up in our day and start thinking of them as the big things?
Let’s be real. I’d love to score a dream job or win a free vacation to visit the Moors of Ireland, who wouldn’t! Except, that hasn’t happened yet, which means I’m not holding out for a big break and counting down the days until fantastic events arrive. I’m enjoying the here and now. I’m smiling at the chubby baby bulldog waddling on the street and freaking out when one of my favorite songs comes on the radio. This is what life is about! When you think about it this way, these so-called little things are anything but little. They are unique, influential and important. They guide our lives. And, when focused on through the view of how epic they are, they blossom pure happiness. You know what pure happiness means? It means bringing sunshine and rainbows to the world. Or in the very least it means truly appreciating in a big way how pretty the bouquet of flowers you got from the Farmers Market are and how awesome your Instagram picture of them looks. How could this ever be wrong? Riddle me that.
Continue enjoying the little things, but start thinking of them as BIG little things and notice the difference. Give them the respect they deserve.Photo via
Ally Garner hails from Madison, Wisconsin, but is currently a grad student studying media and public affairs at The George Washington University in our nation’s capital. She loves to write, eats a cupcake at least once a week and lives for all things Tina Fey/Liz Lemon. Get her talking about yoga, history, Harry Potter or traveling and she’ll go on for days. Also, her life philosophy is laughing is the best.