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Finding Meaning in the Small Things

As humans, we naturally look for meaning in the world around us, but sometimes we miss the cues that there is actually meaning everywhere, even in the very smallest things.

If you need to bring more meaning into your life in support of your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being and self-care, perhaps "small is beautiful" can be your mantra for a while. And we all know that mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being also impact your physical well-being. 

Look Right in Front of Your Nose

Meaning is relative, and you can give meaning to anything you choose. The things right in front of your nose can be very meaningful---and perhaps even life-changing---if you take the time to notice them. If you witnessed the following small things, could they hold meaning and value for you? 

  • A bee lands on a flower as you sip tea on your patio 
  • Your 2-year-old son discovers an ant pile and watches it intently
  • You open an old book, and your mother's favorite bookmark falls on your lap
  • Your last sip of tea tastes of honey and a summer day
  • You notice a new laugh line on your cheek

Yes, some of these things are small (the bee on the flower, for instance), but can taking the time to notice the bee, appreciate its value in pollinating the flower, and really taking in that experience benefit you in some way? You may simply marvel at the work of the bee, or you may fall into a pleasant childhood memory of your father telling you a story about a make-believe bumblebee. Whatever it is, your focus on that one small thing can open up a world of possibility, humor, joy, wonder, and perhaps even healing. 

Look Beyond Your Nose, Too

The small, beautiful things may find you when you're parking your car, paying a toll, writing a check, looking the pharmacy cashier in the eye and laughing with her over a silly joke, or sitting on the toilet. 

It sometimes seems that we humans need something profound to strike us on the head in order for us to wake up and notice that we're alive---or that others are alive, too. But we don't need a calamity, an illness, the flu, a death, or a car accident to wake us up. We just have to stay awake. 

When you're driving down the road and arrive at your destination with no consciousness of how you got there, you're asleep at the wheel of life; you missed it all and were on auto-pilot during that trip. When you spend time with your kids but are distracted by your smart phone, you're missing out there, too. 

When you wake up to the small things, to the little miracles that surround you, you're uplifted on many levels---spiritually, emotionally, and physically---and the impact on your health and your well-being is immeasurable. 

So, look right in front of your nose, look beyond your nose, look into the distance, and see the small things that have the power to lift you up and imbue your life with meaning. 

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