19-year-old Karissa Swartz responds to current topics
Life is full of complicated issues and hard tasks. We all have experienced failures and disappointments. Sometimes I feel as though we worry too much about all the “big” things in life—job interviews, schooling, parenting, and dating. So often we forget to take time and relish the small things in life.
Taking time to think about all the big things is definitely important. We all need to devote time and space to prepare and examine where our lives are going and which steps we need to take in order to prepare for these. Don’t get me wrong: thinking about these things is normal and healthy. It’s the overanalyzing and preoccupation of these things that drives us to the breaking point.
Like I mentioned in my last blog, it’s always beneficial to stop for a while and smell the roses. I guess lately I’ve had some time to think about not only the big things in my life, but also all the small things that impact me daily. Whenever some aspect in our lives is going to change, we often sit back and think about all the things we might miss. I’m not sure if everyone does that, but I know I do. Friends going off to college, moving to different states for jobs, or having to relocate yourself for a different position are all big things that really affect the little things.
Phone calls, smiles, laughs, walks, surrounding yourself with friends….all these are little things that, when added together, make up a huge part of our lives. It’s so easy to take these for granted, and if we’re honest with ourselves, we do it far too often. Sometimes you really don’t know what you have until it’s gone.
I say all this to encourage you to *be thankful.* Not just appreciative the small things, but actually be thankful enough that you take time to relish and enjoy them. Sometimes the little things seem insignificant and perhaps even a bother, but it’s also all these things that make each day of your life a little more enjoyable.
I know that when I take time to look around and name things I am thankful for, it gives me a whole new perspective on my life and changes the way my day is going. Sure, not every problem can be fixed just by changing your thinking. It’s true that situations might not change, but the way you process them might. Once you change your thinking, you open up a whole new door to changing your attitude. And once you change your attitude…well you might just find that some situations aren’t as bad as you once thought they were. It’s amazing how positive thinking can impact our daily lives.
Now I know anyone can say what I just said, and then go on living his or her life in the same negative way that he was before. Not every day will you be able to take time and capture all the small moments you wish you could cherish. Rather, it’s the recognition and awareness that these small things do play a vital role in our lives is what’s important.
So, be thankful for what you have. Take time to look around and see all the things you have been blessed with. Sometimes it helps just to make a list of all the things you’re thankful for, and whenever you’re having a bad day to pull that list out. You’ll be surprised what it might do for you. Lastly, be encouraged by all the little things in your life, and take time to tell each person how much he or she means to you. You never know when some of these small things will go away, so it’s important to cherish them every day.
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