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Gratitude In Small Things

November 3, 2016

I think a little gratitude can go a long way in our daily lives. It can be easier than we think to simply to walk around as if the world owes us something. I think it us that owes the universe the kind words of thank you . . . and I mean every chance we get for things we receive, big and small.

I am not a believer in luck, but a believer in things falling the way that they were written to fall by the creator. Life is but a stage to a degree and we are all destined to play our role, so we might as well play that role with real kindness and gratitude and make it easy on ourselves in providing ease for others. Gratitude where others is concerned is largely important, in simply remembering to say “thank you” to a person for something that they did for you. They don’t even have to be big things,  for it is the little things that really matter most. As cliché as this sounds, it is the unmitigated truth. Many a man and woman has lost someone dear to them, for lack of doing . . . the small things. Don’t find yourself on the other end of missing your water when your well has run dry, because you failed to simply comply in doing . . . the small things.

Something as small and kind as doing laundry for someone who might be ill or not able to walk up and down stairs to their basement. This feat might seem small, but it would be huge to that injured or shut-in individual. Other things fit the bill, like taking a friend to lunch when it was not even planned. Or, going out of your way to pick up a meal for someone who calls you at the last-minute in the middle of your plans. Spur-of-the-moment things yield a great deal of gratitude. Besides all of this, we pay it forward when we act in this way, for isn’t this the way that we should act?  Don’t get me wrong, I know that life gets busy and when some stroke of good fortune comes our way, we shrug it off as dumb luck when really it’s so much more; something greater than we are is trying to get our attention.

Then, whether we call it luck or something else, we still forget to let the words “thank you” resound out of our mouths and into the ears of universe. It’s such a simple practice, but yet the hardest thing for some to master. I like to think that the universe sends unseen helpers our way, like angels or ancestral spirits watching over us, guiding us.

We must start getting into the habit of  showing more gratitude for the big and small things that come along our path.  Just . . . say . . . thank you.

Sonya Marie Bowman is a writer of positive prose for the Milwaukee Community Journal and a published co-author of the book No Artificial Ingredients – Reflections Unplugged. She is a member of Sister Speak, a trilogy of writers who formed in 2010 with a vision of self-expression and a goal of healing. The trio states they are inspired by grace, allowing them to take a genuine position on the struggles and successes of everyday living.

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