Do you find that it’s the little things in life that are at times the hardest to deal with and not the big things; that high pitched constant sound, a sticking cupboard door, a blister on the heel, the weather, the key that doesn’t want to turn in the lock, all manner of insignificant little things? We look around us and see other people dealing with really serious health issues, work or family problems or bereavement and yet here we are finding some little aspect of our lives pulling us down. You will know what I mean because it happens to almost all of us. It seems we can deal with the big stuff of life but it’s those small irritations that drive us mad, and altogether put us into a bad frame of mind. However, it doesn’t have to be like that, if we can sort out the little things as they come along life will be so much easier. Problem is we don’t, we soldier on until in the end we get really stressed up, may then overreact, say things we don’t mean and all round chaos ensues.
Andrew Bonar says this about the little things of life. Life is made up of little things. Little words, not eloquent sermons, (that’s a relief). Little deeds, not miracles or one great deed of martyrdom. The little constant sunbeam, not the lightning. The avoidance of little evils, little inconsistencies, little weaknesses, little follies and indiscretions. So may I suggest we all, regardless of what’s going on in life, deal with the small stuff, the little things as they come along.
Living out the Christian life is a journey made up of small steps; a day by day relationship with Jesus. Saint Therese of Lisieux suggested that we should offer all the little things of life, little words, and little deeds up to God as prayers. I don’t think that’s a bad idea.
So in this month of February, let’s make a commitment not to ‘sweat the small stuff’ and smile more.
With warmest good wishes