sMaLl and SiMpLe ThInGs

Back home I would play a game with some of my friends that we called ‘small and simple things’.  This is how it worked.  When any of us were down or just didn’t feel particularly cheery, one of us would say something like: hot towels fresh from the dryer.  Did I just hear an “Ahhhhh…” through the computer screen?!  Good!  A small and simple thing that brings great comfort or joy.  Anytime one of us shot out a super random comment such as this, the rest of us caught on pretty quickly and added on:  brushing your teeth.  getting an ‘i love you’ text.  a child’s laugh.  smell of baking brownies.  puppies.  sitting by a fireplace.  jumping into a pool on a hot day.  getting a candy bar in the check out line.  flip flops.  snow angels.  sneezing. light turns green right as you approach it.  making a fort.  popsicles.  newly trimmed hair.  a foot massage.  the list goes on and on.

ChAlLeNgE:  this week, when you’re down, explain this game to a friend and play.  It won’t take long for your mind to leave your troubles and start thinking hard about all of the small and simple things we might fail to see in our everyday life.

Watch this clip and look for ways you can turn bad or awkward situations into beautiful memories.  What matters the very most?

I know as we focus on what matters most, we’ll have better attitudes of grattitude and be more ready and willing to help others who are struggling because we have learned to appreciate the little things and learn all we can from the big things.  I know it’s true.  Experiement!  And comment about your experience!!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bonnie on June 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I had just posted this video when I read your blog. Good thoughts to share. Thanks, Manda. We’ll be seeing you soon !


  2. Posted by Patricia Hubner on June 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks Sister Wilkinson for passing on you blog to me and for encouraging me to create one of my own. I enjoyed your thoughts and insights – the format is fun to look at and easy to view and the content is from the heart. Thanks for taking time to speak with me and for the lives that you touch every day!


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