Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It's the Little Things

"And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."
-Kahlil Gibran

I tend to do most of my more creative thinking just before I go to sleep. Maybe it's because my head is free of the daily distractions that can get in the way. It's at this time I come up with ways to solve all the world's problems except my own, and get even more introspective than usual if that's possible.

Last night when my head hit the pillow and the day's echoes stopped reverberating between my ears, to be replaced by the steady din of the fan and the purr of my tabby laying all-too-close as he so often likes to, I took solace in the silence and my thoughts soon turned to those things in life that can make it so worthwhile. The things that we overlook sometimes or take forgranted.

Admittedly there are many things in life that turn me on. This is a provocative subject that can bring with it some delicious conversation. However for the purpose of this blog we'll keep it more PG, as I'm referring to those which move things within me besides the physical. Anyone wanting to know the rest will just have to get to know me better and buy me at least one drink first. Preferably a strong one. :)

So here's the list as it began to form in my tiny man-brain last night. These are just some of the things (in no particular order) that stir my senses, beginning with the physical, more tangible elements:

-sunrise/ sunset
-the sound of a grand piano in a large hall
-the sound of a sports car (yeah, I'm kinda shallow that way)
-a wink or a smile
-old books
-the smell of the garden first thing in the morning or after a rainfall

Things I find attractive in others:

-passion (in this case showing an intense enthusiasm for something that interests you)
-positive thinking
-fearlessly showing vulnerability, and placing trust to keep it safe (one of the biggest honours one can bestow upon another)
-good conversation, preferably being looked in the eye
-a sense of humour

These are all significant qualities, the importance of which should never be downplayed. But I think that too often we don't realize the impact they can have on us. Maybe it's just me.

I've just scratched the surface, I may expand upon my lists as time and mindset allow. But my point is there is so much around us besides the obvious that can move us in unexpected ways. It's the little things that are often the most valuable, and bring so much colour to our lives.


  1. I really enjoyed this post, bud! You should write this kind of stuff more. This brings into perspective the things that are most important, and how it's important to keep positive things, energy and people in our lives. I've had quite a bit of really negative crap happen in the last few weeks,so this was quite refreshing

  2. Thanks Tony, what you got from this is the whole intent of my blog. That's awesome!!


  3. I love Gibran's writings. And this is a good one.

    Looking forward to reading more of your thoughtful posts in addition to your quotes.

  4. Thanks Linda, I'm rather enjoying this new format.