Today’s Gem of Gratitude #12


Today I am thankful for the “little things.” Oftentimes the importance of the “little things” is underrated and not considered by many people, despite the fact that when it comes down to it, most people seem to really appreciate the little things, whether they be notes of appreciation nestled in a lunchbox, dinner prepared for a loved one after they have had a long day, a text message sent to a loved one just to let them know that you are thinking of them, etc.

In thinking about this, I have come to realize that a challenge that people might face in this area is knowing which types of “little things” their loved one would enjoy. The reason that this poses such a challenge is because, to a certain extent, you need to actually invest time and effort in truly getting to know someone in order to know what they like and what they appreciate. And with the constant hustle-and-bustle-it’s-all-about-me-and-what-I-need attitude that has grabbed ahold of many people, taking the time to actually get to know people and bless them with the “little things” just does not seem to factor into the average person’s agenda, which is unfortunate.

Yes, we all show our love for others in different ways, and that is ok. I certainly respect that fact. The thing we must remember is that this life is not all about us, and when we choose to show love to others it is imperative that we show love to them in a way that meets their needs, and is a way to which they are receptive; after all, when you do something nice for someone else, the idea is to do something that they actually would desire and appreciate. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of doing something nice for that person.

For those of you who are already highly focused on blessing your loved ones with the “little things,” keep up the good work. To those of you who have yet to incorporate this type of behavior in your life, I encourage you to give it a try and gauge the benefits for yourself. Remember, the “big things” may draw momentary attention and praise, but the “little things” foster and nurture relationship. #lovebythedrop

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