The Little Things - What's Yours?
The holidays are upon us. In just a few short weeks we will be giving Thanks for our many blessings and celebrating our Savior’s birthday. What does that mean for many of us parents? BUSY, SCURRY, BUSY, SCURRY, BUSY! Somewhere amongst our already busy daily works, we try to cram in decorating, preparation, cooking and celebrating; all while we try to smile and sing “Fa-La-La.”
But let’s not lose sight of the real reason for the season. The gift of the holidays is found in the “little things”; because the little things in life are the big things in life.
For example, the highlight of my day today was not at my job, nor was it on the Thanksgiving grocery list I prepared or the Christmas décor I purchased. Today, the greatness was looking at my youngest son and saying, “Why yes, I would love to sit and read your library book with you.” It was hugging my oldest son will all my might, relieved to see his smile returning after struggling with a difficult issue. It was playing my daughter’s choir CD in the car over and over and singing her songs with her while she practiced for the big production. It was helping her twin with his math homework because we both struggle with long division. It was sharing a cup of tea with a special friend. It was preparing my husband’s favorite meal for dinner. It was making ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookies for my family to enjoy as an evening treat.
My college degree, my career and my holiday planning did not contribute to these little things. Some may not see these little things as grand or even worth mentioning, but these little things are the big things. They are simple expressions of deep love for the people that I love. They may seem trivial or thankless, but the reality is that the giving of these little things return as a gift to the giver in the form of joy. Today, I have great joy in getting to do these little things. These little things are not my chore. These little things are my great big privilege and blessing.
So this holiday season, amongst all the busyness and scurrying, don’t forget the love and joy in the little things.
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