I took this photo on Sunday morning while I was walking my dogs. It had been raining for the better part of the week and they were a little like caged tigers wanting to pull me in every direction and get in as much sniffing and walking as possible before the next shower begin. With two beagles on a joint lead it's usually all I can do to stay upright and keep walking, but I did stop and pause to see these tiny little plants which had sprung up because of the rain.
It got me thinking about life. We spend so much time focusing on the big things - the stuff that really makes up the bulk of our hours - that we often forget it's the little things that bring the most joy and lead to the richest life. The smile you get from a stranger when you pick up your coffee, the random message from a friend 'just thinking of you', the tea your partner makes you while you're curled up reading. These are the things that really demonstrate who we are as individuals. These are the things that show what we value. These are the things we remember. These are the things that make a difference in life.
This week while there are many big things I need to get done I'm taking a moment to remind myself how much the little things count - and to remind myself not to forget that they matter.