I remember the slogan “Little things mean a lot.” The older I get, the more I see it to be true. Often, reminders come in the form of something HUGE that happens – and it changes many lives. It’s our choice whether or not we make that change a good one or not.
Lisa Beamer, the wife of Todd Beamer [who said, “Let’s roll!” on that plane flying over Pennsylvania – heading for Washington, D.C. back on 9/11], who helped take down the hijacked plane – was voicing that it’s the little things she misses most about Todd.
Things like hearing the garage door open as he returned home – the kids running to meet him.
Then Lisa shared this remarkable and poignant story:
“I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.
With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, ‘Class is over, I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment. Perhaps this is the power’s way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day.
Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, ‘So I would like you all to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice. It doesn’t have to be something you see. It could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone’s house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the “stuff” of life.
The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted.”
The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester.
Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.
Lisa knows what she’s talking about. The Savior’s admonition to “Be of good cheer” can be utilized in so many wonderful ways. Every day, in tiny little things that we see, smell, hear, or feel. There is always something to appreciate, regardless of the storms that bear down or the difficulty of the journey at times.
It would be a good idea to take notice of something special we see on lunch hour today. To go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Or notice a person who looks lonely and say, “Hi.” Or – Try to notice anything that may slip away from us because we are often too busy or preoccupied.
Lisa said, “Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn’t do.” Maybe we could add the things we didn’t notice – the little things that bring us joy and appreciation, and grow gratitude.
Our Father’s way is the best way. He makes note of every single detail. I pray for His blessings on us as we work to become more like Him in taking better note of all the good little things – every day.