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We live in a culture where more is better. Bigger is better!

Do we even know what small is anymore?

Have you been to the movie theatre lately?

We’ve been out of the loop for awhile because, well, three kids in four years, but we went to the movie a few weeks ago and hello. Wow.

There is no small.

We won a free “small” drink from our reward ticket and the guy at the counter kept trying to convince us to upgrade to a larger size. We were sharing our drink and so he said, you don’t want a SMALL and a regular is only 99cents more! And we were like, why not? It’s only 99cents. So I asked him what the small looked like and wow. Gigantic!

Hmm. Yes, small please.

I don’t say this to pick on movie theaters or shame anyone who buys a large drink. I say this because it’s a perfect example of how far we’ve come from savoring small.

Remember when we were kids and our parents gave us a dollar for candy and we rationed it for a week? Or when your birthday came and you got a few presents and you cherished them?

I could hardly open my packages because I wanted it to last.

I swear my mother could’ve used the same wrapping paper year after year because I never ripped it. It drove my brother crazy but it was just how it was. It was special. I wanted to savor it.

In a culture that always strives for BIG we’re forgetting to savor small.

Not just small sizes but small things. A smile to a stranger or a friendly hello. A phone call or a hand written note.

Remember those?

Watching a falling leaf, the setting sun or the catching the first rays of light in the morning. Slight frost on the grass or dew caught in a leaf, these are no small things.

I picked the blackberries in the attached photo from my yard, washed them and put the whole strainer in the freezer. And forgot them there. When I went back to get them they were dusted with frost and were one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. Small?

There is no small thing.

Not when we’re willing to see.

He said, “The last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Perhaps someday we will realize that the big will be small, and the small will be big.

Today’s Challenge: Live today with a focus on small. Savor the small things in your life. A hug from your child, an invitation to dance in the kitchen or read a book on the couch. An unplanned game of go-fish at bedtime. I think someday we might find these things…these silly small things…were really the biggest things.

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  • rebecca October 11, 2014, 5:58 pm

    I so appreciate your blogs. You are a beautiful woman and what you say always speaks to me. Have a fabulous day!

  • Kate October 12, 2014, 10:33 am

    I love this and look forward to paying extra close attention to the small things today. I find when I do, I’m filled with so much happiness. Thanks for the reminder…

  • emily grace October 12, 2014, 11:07 pm

    This is a really important series. Thank you for sharing it. I’m finding new questions to ask myself as well as affirmation for adjustments I’ve made but need to maintain. Best, Emily Grace

    • Tammy October 13, 2014, 2:31 am

      That is the best possible encouragement to me, ever. I’m so glad it is blessing & affirming you Emily! Doing it is a blessing to me as well! xoxo

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