Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Little Ordinary Things

I don't know about you, but last week was a massive whirlwind for me. It's not that I had anything more to do than normal, but I just kept running out of time. Three days last week I had to spend my lunch break driving across town to deliver lunch to my son at his school because I ran out of time to make his lunch at home.

Laundry, um well, it got done the week before and we are still pulling socks out of the clean laundry basket because matching socks and folding pj's just didn't seem to be a priority.
Dishes? Yep, they piled up too.

Tonight I feel like I got caught up - well, at least a little bit. That was until I happened to look up at the top of my bookcase and saw this sad, sad plant.

Now to some of you, this just looks like any ordinary house plant. To me, this is the one plant that I haven't killed! I have kept this little guy alive for over 7 years and that includes 3 moves.

That's huge for me!

Seeing him so sad and wilting made me realize that I really have not been looking at the important things in my life. The things that I take for granted.

The little things that make me smile each day.

Like this plant ...

and my son's face when I tell him he did a good job...

or that I am proud of him.

These little things, that seem so ordinary to us, suddenly become extraordinary when we start to neglect them. They become lifeless and it's all we can do but take notice of how important they really are.

So those socks in the laundry basket that need to be folded and the dishes in the sink can wait. Nothing will happen to them. They won't wilt. They won't look sad.

However, my little plant and my son will.

Moral of the story - No matter how busy you get, no matter how big of a whirlwind your life becomes, never forget about the little ordinary things that mean so much to you.

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