Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's the Little Things

I think what I've always appreciated the most about not working is taking the time to notice the little things.
As I've reentered the work force, I'm trying very hard not to lose sight of them.
These are my little thing observations over the last month.

* Noticing the beautiful, crisp, autumn sky.

* How nice it is to have a purring kitty greet me at the end of the day.

* Being reminded of how important our role of parent is, no matter how old the child is.  Noted as a young man teared up
because his father couldn't attend his soccer game.

*  A janitor with the bluest eyes and biggest smile of anyone
I've ever known.  Changing the course of the day for many
as he greets them by name.  Not just a few, rather the 100's
he has taken the time to get to know, by  
 making the effort.

*  Appreciating a rainbow on my "long" commute.

*  No matter what our insecurities or shortcomings,
to face the world head on.  It's more accepting than we often believe.

*  That love finds it's way and can be defined by no one.

*   How great is can be not to set the alarm clock.

*  To come back together with family at the end of a long day.

*  How much I can learn by watching my daughter and her young man "fall in love."

*  How a phone call can lift ones spirits to new heights.

*  How grateful I am to blogger and the people
that come to share a piece of their lives with me each day.

*  To always be aware of how our words and actions,
either good or bad, can affect someone for
the rest of their lives.

*  How good it feels to laugh.

*  To dance, even if someone IS watching.

If I could give just one gift to everyone,
it would be the power of observation.  It's so easy to be discouraged in the world today but if we take the time
to slow down and look,
there is much more good to see.

What have you observed lately?


Dawn's Craft Place said...

Thanks for sharing, some great reminders and to remember to look for them each and every day.

Beth Edwards said...

have i ever told you that you are freakin' awesome. you make me smile. it's so the little things in life that make it all worth while. i wish i could remember names. i will remember your face until the day i die... but for the life of me i can't figure a way to remember name?!? i've tried. but it doesn't work. nuts, i tell ya!!

i try to notice most things ...when i don't notice something it's usually a big old problem. makes me nervous.

glad you are taking a moment to notice. enjoy. & love the simple moments. i think it means the world.

talking to a friend & we agree on this the other day... you never know the ones you meet might need a kind word from you & really treasure the moments you share.

big big hugs. (:

Rosemary said...

It's a gift, to stop and appreciate, and you have that in buckets! A life without reflection (and appreciation) is a life wasted. The world is as full, or empty, as we wish it to be. I think your world is quite full :)

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Hi Jill, Love to come to your blog. You always inspire me. When I wake up in the morning, I say to myself, what can I do today to make me a better person? I go by that daily. I try not to do any wrong. My husband tells everyone that I am the one that keeps him going. I remind him to laugh and just have fun. I tell him to let Go and let GOD. I have that prayer and it helps. I tell him not to try and control things that he cannot. I push him to have fun everyday.

Thanks Jill for always taking the time to post about things that are positive and keep us going.

Debbie said...

i hope, in turn, that everyone calls the janitor my name. it is the most important lesson one can learn. EVERYONE MATTERS....and everyone makes a difference in our lives.

i am a "lttle things" life, as we get older, we relize that those are the big things!!

i have been observing a lot of nature these days!!

Anonymous said...

I so enjoyed this post and all the things you have shared with us. Our days are filled with many blessings and our paths cross with sweet and generous friends - AND - you are one of those friends. God bless.

TexWisGirl said...

i loved this. thanks for taking the time to reach down into my heart today. :)

Beth said...

This is a beautiful post! Thank you!

andy said...

Great post! !!! I will look at the little things everyday!!!!

Gloria Hood said...

I will be sure to check out the little things more often! Thank you!

Bonnie said...

Jill, I truly believe when we are busy we become more observant. There is no time to linger and wait for significant moments to appear. We must always be aware of their presence. I so enjoyed your post. Bonnie

Jackie said...

I agree totally Jill, I seem to have a keen sense of noticing the little things too. Somedays I smile at just the hint of a breeze on my face. It's always a good reminder to appreciate the little things...thanks for reminding us

Ellie said...

Ah Jill a great post. It is too easy to forget the small things in life that we should be grateful for - thanks for the reminder. :))

Thanks so much for your lovely words about our expected grandchild. I am just so excited about it all :))

Terri Buster said...

Great post Jill- so many things to be thankful for!

Dianna said...

I loved all your "observations", Jill, but this one made me smile:
"How much I can learn by watching my daughter and her young man "fall in love."

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

In the rush of the week, this post is a good reminder to slow down and take notice of what's happening in our world. I really do try to do that, but there are times when I don't--And when I do, I'm always so grateful that I did!

Chatty Crone said...

Jill I am so glad that you decided to keep your eyes open - it is hard when you are working! Very nice things.

Saun said...

Beautiful post it is the little things. I've always taken my boys out into our backyard and said listen,look,smell take it all in. The pitter patter of the rain the way it smells, the breeze and the warmth you feel on your face,the milions of stars. It goes on forever I know when Im gone my boys will be in their backyards saying look, listen,smell....

Blessed Serendipity said...

Jill I loved your post today. Appreciation for the experiences of the day is so important. Before dusk today I noticed a perfect cross in the sky. A definite reminder of God's love. It touched my heart.


Rohrerbot said...

Wonderful thoughts Jill. I agree. Observation is something I don't always do within my work place...and yet I do it but because there are so many students now, it's hard to stop and chat with the kids. I call it frustrating because there's not enough time in the day during my job to help them all. The bell rings and I'm an information highway moving from one moment to the the time I have a moment to breathe, they are gone and another class shows up. When I leave work I am able to slow down and observe everything:) Life moves too quickly.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These are such beautiful observations! I've taken in a lot of beautiful countryside lately, and especially enjoyed a road we drove in WV several times that the boys called the "Up and Down Road". :-)

Lynne said...

I really liked this Jill . . .

We went out for dinner last night to a favorite place . . . I noticed how simple and perfect KINDNESS is in a greeting, service and togetherness.

The simple things get my vote too!

Jeanne said...

Inspirational words for sure Jill. My powers observation are on the crooked side, my point of view a bit off but I find that to be okay for me.

Catherine said...

Dear Jill, I am grateful for my kids. They are blessings.
I am grateful for the blogging world of people who really seem to care and that I care for and worry about. I am grateful for my little dog and for the gift of faith.
You are a very nice and kind person. This is a beautiful post.
Blessings dear. Catherine xoxo said...

I am blessed to bee married for 51 years to the man I fell in love with and married at 19. Dated at 16 . Engaged at 18.

Our live together nver changed. We still are in love. We still like the same things.

Every day we know. We are blessed in each other's relationship then things.

Have been blessed with a beautiful family with good morals.
And six Grandchildren .

That is what I have observed. And believe fully to the end.

I never look down at anyone who may have Special needs or Disabilities.

I have a friend who has Special needs. I find she is a brillant person. She is gifted in things I cannot even touch.

Her smile is a glow. In ten minutes being with her you know what life is really.

I have learned alott from her. I have heard her concerns. I know more about Special need people. I was blessed to meet this young lady. We still are the best of friends since she has moved into the town. Just her name is town.

People know who she is. Oh the girl with the big smile and beautiful eyes that glow and the kindness she wears on her sleeves.