Self-Care Challenge (Day 338): Noticing the Little Things

Inspirational messages

On day 338 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I paused to notice the little things.

Just before heading back to the airport for our return flight home from Florida, we had breakfast at Red’s Restaurant, a local favorite. My pancake was two-heads-big, which seemed consistent with the standard portion sizes there. By the end of the meal I was certain the word hungry wouldn’t be uttered the rest of the day.

It was great to catch up with loved ones we don’t get to see very often, and I felt a tinge of sadness begin to creep in as the meal came to an end. It would likely be many months or years before we would visit again.

As we were leaving, an old antique cash register caught my attention. On the front of it there were two cards attached that displayed some words of wisdom. The first message:

Think Positive…

“Be Someone’s Miracle Today”

(It could be contagious)

I couldn’t help but smile as I read the words, and I was happy to know that I’m not the only one who believes this truth. In fact, those words represent some of Living Upp’s core values. Positivity is contagious. We are all givers at heart.

I wonder how many of these little messages I miss every day while rushing back and forth at my usual hurried pace. Being on vacation forces us to slow down and notice unfamiliar surroundings. These helpful reminders to stop and smell the roses, appreciate the little things, and enjoy the moment are often invisible to us.

But noticing the little things, like smiles from strangers, random exchanges of kindness, and the beauty that surrounds us every day, does take some effort on our part. It requires us to stop, or at least pause, to process what is happening. Being present enough to notice those little things is an act of self-care.

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