Part of my daily sanity ritual is to read from the various blogs and devotional writers I have signed up for. Seth Godin is one such person (sign up for Seth’s Blog). He writes daily on the intersection of life and business. Today he offered this pearl of wisdom:
Enough little things. We rarely have complete control over the big issues. But the way we interact with each other, the small kindnesses, the extra effort–it adds up. One after another, day by day. It might be enough to change someone’s day. And then the ripple continues.
While I have zero control over a virus that is hellbent on doing as much damage to this creation as it possibly can, I do have control over the way I love and respond to those I love. It’s those little things.
Yes, I can be there to mitigate a fight between siblings and use the time they refuse to talk to me for some “personal reflection time.”
Yes, I can look online or in the many books in my library to find new jokes to tell or practice self-reflection without the need of attention.
Yes, I can give my dog love, snacks, and scratches behind her ear anytime she wants because it’s those little things that mean the world to her. And to me.
Maybe, yes, maybe my dog and I can live harmoniously in our quarantine compound.
And who knows, maybe this pandemic will pass and I will wake up not with a pillow over my face but with a kiss from my wife’s warmth and tenderness. It’s the little things in life.