Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...Embrace It.


We have all heard the saying "don't sweat the small stuff" and it's a saying I've caught myself mentally chanting a few times at work for the past couple of weeks.  I totally think this should be a cliche for a reason because it is so easy to get wrapped up in the small things that if we let them, can stress us out or push us over the proverbial edge.  Things that are out of our control or don't truly impact the bigger picture have no place to suck up joy and put negativity in it's place.

With that said, I also think the small things in our lives can absolutely be worth focusing on.

Let me pause and just ask that you just bare with me through this post because I have a point, and I hope to make it well.

I recently started "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp and though I still have a ways to go, what I have read has made me think and literally think "huh."  I love that.  I love the feeling of being stretched in a way that makes me more sensitive to what God is wanting to teach me.  And despite loving that, it also scares me.  Me and my comfort zone have been hanging out for awhile now, and the thought of leaving it can be a little nerve wracking if I'm honest.

With that said, I'll get back to my point of focusing, and embracing, the small things.

And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place 
for God to grow within me.
- Ann Voskamp

Our lives are made up of details and those details, whether good or bad, are gifts from God.  I feel that I too often will try to hurry through my day, week, whatever to get to the "big" thing.  But what about the things I am missing by doing that?  What is God trying to put in my path that I am too busy trying to get around so I can get to what I have deemed "it?"

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. 
- Henry David Thoreau

We know in life that it's the journey, not the destination, that shapes and molds us.  Ultimately, my destination is in Heaven, but the time I have on this earth is my journey and I need to make it a priority to focus and appreciate it more.  Lately, I have caught myself too often wanting and praying for some sort of change to take place. Whether this desire for "change" is with aspects of life in general or work or something else, it's happening too much for my liking. change comes when we receive life with thanks 
and ask for nothing to change.
- Ann Voskamp

What if, instead of looking and begging God for change, I was grateful for the abundance my life has?! Grateful for that I have a job to wake up and go to.  Grateful to have a house that keeps us warm and dry and contains food and clothes.  Grateful for the tiny little petals from the Bradford pear trees I walked through this morning that reminded me spring and life is here!  What would happen to me if instead of allowing insignificant, negative things a place within me, I gave thanks to God for the "seemingly microscopic?"  

The delicacy of petals from a pear tree.  

The warmth the morning's first cup of coffee brings.  

The comfort a slight breeze brings as it makes its way throughout the house.

It's Monday morning, which can be one of the toughest days of the week for some of us.  But what if instead of focusing on the not so great things of Monday, I choose to see it as a fresh start and a chance to be better than I was last week?

So today, tomorrow and hopefully this week, I will actively seek to shift my mindset and choose to see and hold on the abundance God has given me in this life.  I will lift my hands in thanks for not only the big, but the seemingly microscopic as well.  


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a boy a girl and a pug said...

Beautifully written...I adore that book. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone. Hope you had a wonderful Monday!

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