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

Inspirational messages

Just before it was time to head back to the airport for our return flight home, we had a family brunch at Red’s Restaurant, a local favorite. My pancake was two-heads-big, which seemed consistent with the standard portion sizes there. 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, though 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 those words, feeling comforted knowing that I’m not the only one who believes this truth. In fact, those words represent some of Living Upp’s core values. Indeed, positivity is contagious. It’s hard not to want to give immediately after receiving something. It’s human nature. We are all givers at heart.

And the second message:

A great marriage is a marriage between two great forgivers

I don’t know Paul or Lucy Weinberger, but they sure know what they are talking about.

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 our 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. It requires us to stop, or at least pause, for a moment to process what is happening. Being present enough to notice those little things is an act of self-care.

What have you noticed recently?

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