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The Little Things

Submitted by on December 23, 2009 – 02:43No Comment

Here’s the top three pointers which dictionary.com has to say on the word ‘LITTLE’.

1.) Small in size; not big; not large; tiny
2.) Short in duration; not extensive; short; brief
3.) Small in number

Doesn’t sound much of a big deal at first glance because we simply forget the little things all the time – the cup of warm milk loved ones prepare for you every night before you sleep, the encouraging SMS in the early morning, the pat on the back after a successful project, etc. Most of us choose to dwell in the heart-burdening things causing us to forget the little things that make us smile for that one millisecond of the day. Could it be possible to remember the little things that matter more and forget the little things that matter less?

Small in size; not big; not large; tiny – That sounds like my wisdom tooth. It is small in size, not that big or large, just a tiny bit of bones which play a huge part in food tasting. I didn’t pay much attention to it until it beckons for my attention. In the midst of my busyness adjusting to a lifestyle in the bank, my body has subconsciously felt the change and reacted with a swollen wisdom tooth. My wisdom tooth became a reminder that I should take good care of my health despite the rapid waves of change in my career life.

Short in duration; not extensive; short; brief – That’s the exact same thing I tell myself every day as I walk to-and-fro the train station with my 4.5kg laptop. “Just one more day, Gina, and they will get you your workstation soon.” – I am such a liar to myself. This whole not-having-a-computer-at-work for the past one month and god-knows how many more months to go is slowly taking a toll of me. How can I be so sure? Because today I went to work without my laptop and it felt good hopping like a rabbit to the train station. I am reminded of care-freeness.

Small in number – That’s the number of things that irritates us each day. For example, I have five reasons to smile today – (1) I didn’t have to bring a laptop to work, (2) I thought of good times with my best friend, (3) My sister called me from Singapore for graphic design help, (4) I’ve received an email from a great penpal friend and (5) my blogging friends missed me! Now THAT is a whole load of reasons to smile. Strangely, I let one thing wipe that smile off my face – a small matter of my job.

The little things in life, there are so many of them. Some make us smile, others make us frown. Yet each thing is as little as it is. It is us who magnify it by making a big deal out of the little ones. It’s okay to make a big deal out of the little happiness in life. Just be sure to make a small deal out of the little irritations in life; they are not worthy of your frown.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2008

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