All the Small Things Pile Up

Man, do the small things pile up.

One negative comment. One extra project. One shortened deadline. One tummy ache. One stupid argument. One unexpected bill. One broken nail. One ‘Out of Order’ sign. One longer line. One more red light.

Sure, none of these things seem too bad on their own. But when we focus on the negative, they seem to grow into a large cloud to rain over our entire parade. They are all we talk about when we discuss our day and all we can think about when we fall asleep at night. One day after another of this and we can easily find ourselves worn down and worn out. It’s easier to focus on the negative which can sends us onto a sick cycle, spiraling out of control.

I admit I can be guilty of getting stuck in the negative, which leads me to take things out on those I love the most. My son didn’t cause the light to turn red and my husband didn’t put up the ‘Out of Order’ sign. But for some reason, they get the brunt of all of those small things. They get the cranky and tired me at the end of the day, they get the leftovers from my co-workers and fellow commuters. It’s not fair to them at all, especially when they are my reason for smiling so very often.

At the end of the day, it’s best to ditch the negative and stop allowing all of that to live rent-free in our souls and to work to think of the positive. Those are the things that day in and day out will fuel your soul and make you remember why you’re alive in the first place.

An extra kiss on the forehead. A reach for my hand in the car. That last smile before he drifts off to sleep. A warmed up car. A pink gumball. A cold soda left for me in the fridge. An unexpected hug while I cook.  A stolen loving glance. The offer for a stuffed animal to help me feel better. A text message on his break.  

Robert Brault once said, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

Man, do the small things pile up.

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