It’s the little things that make life big

What is it about life that makes us think we need to do everything big? Big parties, big presents, big houses, big meals, big, big, big. I have noticed that if someone has a choice of two boxes, one big and one small, yet they don’t know what’s inside either one, they will typically pick the bigger one.

We do that with our lives too. We get so focused on the big things happening that we often miss the little ones, yet it’s those little ones that make up our days and truly make our lives go around. I think sometimes we get so busy looking for the perfect place to live, the perfect job, the perfect spouse, the perfect kids, the perfect health, that we often forget what really makes our lives enjoyable. It isn’t the big perfect anything. What brings smiles to our faces are the little things that get us through our days and most importantly, through the hard times.

Sometimes it’s just a phone call from a friend or a person holding the door for you at a restaurant. Sometimes it’s having a child hand you a fist full of weeds or putting freshly washed sheets on the bed. Sometimes it’s quiet times in the morning or noisy times at dinner. Sometimes it’s things you can’t even explain because it’s just a feeling you get deep inside.

It seems the big things are what flips our world upside down and it’s the little things that turn it right side up again. Without the little things, I think the world would stop spinning altogether and fall off its axial. It’s the little things that hold everything together.

Take time today to enjoy the small moments that bring you joy, and just so you don’t forget about them, take time to write them down. This way you will have a forever memory of those special moments. Fill the pages of a blank book, a notebook, a memory book, a computer text document or what I like to call a gratitude journal, with your happy thoughts; those things that made your day extra special or brought a smile to your face.

This way, when you are having a terrible, horrible, awful, upside-down world day, you can read through those memories and find a smile to set things right again. Trust me…it helps. When I pull mine out and begin to read, without fail, I find myself smiling and sometimes even laughing. Those smiles and laughs, those memories…they happen because of the little things.

Make the most of your day today, live in the moment, and never forget the little things that get you through the darkest of times.

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Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

8 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    That is so right Penelope. Most of what has happened in my life has been from small choices or decisions. Like meeting my wife, getting married, where to live etc have been on little thought or quite time choices. Even, dare I sat it, was MS came along. The big things are there to help us see the small things but not ignore them.

  2. Meeya
    Meeya says:

    Lovely idea – my gratitude journal has only got a different name: I try to write down 1 small, positive thing every day in my “book of little rainbows”… and it’s amazing how even the shittiest days never fail to produce at least one reason to smile! 🌈

  3. Sally Lloyd
    Sally Lloyd says:

    Dofinatly write down memories because they are special ❤️ I’m off to rugby 7s at 6.30pm I must take my dairy to write it all down. Xx

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