Weekends: Examine the Small Things

It’s so easy to overlook the little things, isn’t it?
I was on a hike with the family and the girls were moving as fast as they could. They were excited and full of energy. They were ready to move.
Suddenly, a voice from behind said, “Slow down! You just missed a pretty flower.”
They circled back and looked.
Sure enough, in all of their excitement, they had walked right by a pretty spring flower poking out of a bed of dead leaves.
We talked about slowing down, looking around us, and paying attention to the small things.
Do you ever do that? Go so fast through life that you miss the little things.
Do you miss the kind words, giggles, funny stories, or whispered secrets because you feel so busy.
I know I do! Laundry needs to be done, work is pulling in many directions, the problems of the world weigh heavy. It’s so hard to look beyond that.
But, it’s important to look beyond that. No, you don’t have to push aside all of your other responsibilities. It just takes a few minutes. Look down, look around, open your eyes and pay attention to all the bits of beauty and happiness that are around you.
Why not take this weekend to slow down a bit?
Stop and look, listen, and smile. That’s my plan.
I want to see the little things this weekend and appreciate their beauty! How about you?
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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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