The little things are sometimes the most important. Too often we focus on the major hurdles and events in our lives and forget to cherish the little things that make life worth living. I thought about this when I woke up this morning and saw Spartacus. He is nearly 17 years old, and he was walking around my feet asking for attention and food this morning. This is not an unusual occurrence, but today it made me stop and think about how much I cherish the time with him.
After loving on him as he drank his milk, I started thinking about how many other things I miss because they seem so routine or unimportant at the time in the grand scheme of things. Watching the sunrise is something that I take for granted. Far too often I have negative thoughts about being awake so early for work this this time of year that I totally forget about the wonder of a sunrise, even on a cloudy day.
I think about how I feel this morning. I am recovering from a severe sinus infection and this morning I feel so much better than I have for several days, so this morning I am consciously enjoying my recovery, rather than just rushing past the event. Each day should be treated as a new adventure, regardless of how many things repeat themselves and create a routine. There will always be something that sets today apart from any other day. The key is to notice and acknowledge those little things.
If we take the time to check the little things, we often find something important that we usually overlook. We get so caught up in the routine that we miss the things that give us a clue as to what is really going on. Big events seldom happen without prior indications, much like the small earthquakes that foreshadow a large earthquake. The key is to recognize these little things and take action prior to the big event.