“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” 

― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It’s all about the little things. A glimpse of a winter sunset while walking to your car at dusk. A truly comfortable pair of running shoes. That sweet, salty smell of the ocean breeze while walking through the market place in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Movies that make you feel like a kid again (like The Sandlot). A line-free day at an amusement park. Listening to a newly-discovered song on repeat. Drinking a cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. Encountering a puppy named Duke going for his first walk on a leash. Playing catch or kickball or wiffleball or Frisbee on the soft green grass of late spring after a long, cold winter. Counting the summer freckles on your child’s nose.

It’s pulling your son (who publicly wears socks & sandals) out of school and taking him to a Thursday afternoon ball game in late-September & watching Doug Fister set an American League record by striking out nine batters in a row. Or eating ice cream with your entire family on a clear August night and stumbling upon an unexpected classic car show in Lincoln, Nebraska during an interstate road trip. It’s laughing uncontrollably with friends over a conversation that’s sure to never be forgotten. It’s sitting alone in silent prayer at the end of each day while counting all the blessings in your life and thanking the Lord for the beautiful life with which He’s blessed you.

These small nuances are truly the joy of the journey of this thing called life. Sadly, so many go about their lives of quiet desperation, with heads down and blinders on, not noticing the myriad of little things that exist for the sole purpose of bringing us pleasure. Take time to enjoy the journey. Look up. Press pause. Notice the little things.

Because it’s the little things are what make life worth living. 🙂