I heard about a website on the radio yesterday – 1000 Awesome Things. So I went for a visit to the site, and found myself reading for quite some time. For me, this is an oddity – things are hectic in my world these days. But something about this website made me stop and take a few precious minutes of time to read on. I found myself feeling ‘smiley’ and recharged.
I got to thinking about all the small things that get lost in the craziness of daily life. People often say ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff‘, which is very good advice. But what about forgetting the small stuff? The stuff that really makes you smile, or that gives you time to get back to being who you are. Quite often, these things or activities aren’t expensive or time-consuming. But somehow, they are the first things to get lost when time gets tight.
After reading 1000 Awesome things, I got to thinking about some of the small things that I value the most. Here are the top 5 ‘small stuffs’ that I try not to forget:
1. Singing out loud
I’ve had a cold for about two weeks, and inconvenient coughing has interrupted my singing, at the top of my lungs with all I’ve got, on several occasions. Until tonight. Driving home from a random errand which did NOT end as I had hoped, a favorite song of mine came on the radio. I turned it up and sang like a maniac. And I didn’t stop smiling for the rest of my ride home.
2. Fuzzy Socks
I always wear slippers at home; I HATE having cold feet. But lately, my slippers have developed holes in the heels. On the weekend, I bought a pair of very pink, very fuzzy socks. As soon as I got home, I put them on… and grinned. My feet were warm and cozy! And suddenly; so was I.
3. A Really Good Cup of Tea
I don’t mean just tea. Anyone can drink tea, on a daily basis. I usually have 2-3 cups myself. But not all those cups are really good cups of tea. I use the same ingredients: Hot water and a tea bag, or loose tea leaves. But I add a dash of quiet time, maybe a song on the radio, and a warm blanket. No book, no TV, no phone, no computer. Just me and my tea. Yum.
4. Being Me
Sounds obvious, I know. But it’s really not. I enjoy the following (somewhat nerdy) pastimes:
- Walking in the rain
- Reading books about editing and writing
- Writing (just about anything)
- Discovering music I have never heard of and listening to it
Sometimes, I get busy being ‘a wife’, or ‘a friend’, or ‘a writer’, or a number of other things. And sometimes, it’s good to just be me. So I sit down with my favorite cup of tea and I read a few chapters of the Longman Guide To Technical Editing. And I have a lovely time.
5. 5 More Minutes
I love to sleep. I have a very comfortable bed and warm pj’s. I appreciate the few hours of uninterrupted quiet time every night that my husband and I share. But inevitably, the alarm goes off each morning, and so begins another day. Sometimes, there is something to be said for ‘5 more minutes’. Inevitably, this turns into 15 more minutes and a few extra cars on the road… but it’s worth it. Snuggle down a bit deeper, hug a little tighter, and take 5 more minutes to savor the moment.
It’s often hard not to ‘Sweat the Small Stuff’. But try not to forget about it, either.