“It’s the Little Things that make Life Big … “
Today I wanted to make a “Gratitude post”. I want to share with you the 40 Little things that really matters to me personally and to everyday life, and that I am forever grateful for. Many times, my mind is cluttered with worries as a mother, nuisances as a woman and grievances of a normal human being. I’m sure I am not the only one who feels like this, but our responses to situations could be different.
Sometimes I felt like Life can be so big and I become so overwhelmed by it. Maybe I am overreacting but would you believe that I am constantly worrying about the weather, on my future, of the health of my love ones, or would I pass the exams after I finished the course I registered, or would I really be fluent in German? Everyday, I’m plagued with questions on what to feed my tiny human ( or does she eats enough?), or when will she completely potty-trained?, on how to improve my painting skills, and what have I accomplished in my life? etc.. etc…
Just the other day, I asked myself after I put my daughter to bed : “Am I being a good mother to her? Is this the best that I can give…? and my mind drifts far away…
Social media can be superficial. Our real lives is not as perfect as the perfect Instagram feeds, or the flawless Blog posts. Sometimes, or rather unsolicited and unwanted, my feed is full of materialistic things that make me feel so little, giving me pressure to follow the trend and desire to get appreciation from others. The way we see things affect so much on how we respond to it. I decided to change my perspective and shift into being optimistic. Rather than focusing on my worries, why not list down things that REALLY matters to me. I realized that through this, I felt thankful, I felt even more grateful to be able to realize this.
Have you ever thought of “What really matters to you?”
“Never get tired of doing Little things for others, sometimes those Little Things occupy the biggest parts of their Hearts…”
During our first legit Bike tour last Sunday, I learned a big lesson.
When cycling, especially on tour, it is so easy to focus on speed and missed out. The thing is,it is very vital to enjoy the journey. I took time to notice the fields, the glistening lake against the sunshine, the only red Poppies flower among the vast green fields, the yellow rapeseed farm with the ICE train passing by behind it, the heavily ornamented spire of the church, the clouds and its formations & so on…At the end of the tour, I felt so grateful that I had experience all of these, sweat, aching muscles & everything!
I have tried to find beauty in everything. I took notice of the LITTLE THINGS!
Here are my 40 personal “Little Things”that makes a BIG part in my life:
1.Our little garden. It’s a haven for us.
2.Warm Coffee before the toddler wakes up!
3.Making hand made cards for my friends and love-ones.
4. Tulips! having a vase full of Tulips in our home really makes my day. Anytime.
5.Peanut butter and blueberry jam sandwich.
6.Reading my mother’s offline messages to me, facts of living in different time-zones!
7.Watching the sunrise and clouds every morning in my kitchen while I prepare breakfast.
8.German Brötchen, and warm bread straight from the oven for breakfast.
9.Lazy sunday walks.
“YES, Small things, matter..”
10.My husband. For his love , support, tolerance and when He comes home in time!
11. Dutch Gevuldekoek and receiving surprise goodies from my parents in law !
12.Running along the woods, nature parks , river, and a lake all within 30 minutes!
13.The smell of fresh laundry.
16.Complimentary buffet breakfast in hotels.
17.The muscle ache after I run, it means I got active.
19.Painting sessions in my kitchen counter top.
20.Smelling my favorite perfume.
21.Shopping in IKEA .
22.My Father-in-Law subscribe and reads my Blog!
“Each morning, we are born again.What we do TODAY,is what really matters most… ~Buddha
24.Listening to my real soundtrack music ( a break from the nursery rhymes!)
25.My daughter’s hug every time she wakes up.
26. My very kind neighbors.
“Enjoy and be grateful for the little things in life,for one day you will look back and realize they were the BIG Things…”
27.Eating ice cream in Spring.
28.A great comment on my Blog.
29.Roses in our garden that blooms wildly and taking photos of it!
30.Making and receiving hand written letters, Snail mails!
31.BBQ’s in our garden in Spring and Summer.
33.Cooking home-made meals for my friends.
34.Cards from the mailbox ! Especially from someone unexpected.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter…~ Martin Luther King Jr.
35.When my new German friends invited me to their homes just after they’ve met me. I feel flattered.
36.A good running shoes.
38.When people want to buy ( & actually bought) my paintings!
39. A jeans that perfectly fit on me .
40.A smiling stranger that I come across the street and say “Morgen“!
“We can not do great things. We can only do little things with great love…” ~ Mother Theresa
What about you, what are the ‘Little Things’ that matters to you?