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Sunday, January 1, 2012

In 2012 It's the Little Things

Starting a new year is always about setting goals and making changes. I tend to make ambitious lists for myself. But sometimes it's the little things we do that make all the difference. For example, one year I decided I was going to make my bed every day, something my mother spent my entire childhood nagging me to do, something that I'd spent my entire adulthood rebelling against. Now that I do it daily by choice, nothing, other than a cup of coffee, prepares me to face my day more than pulling the covers up over the night.

In 2012, focus on the little things. In our digital world, the human touch in communication is frequently lost in the 1s and 0s, bits and bytes. Take a few extra minutes to add interpersonal communication into each day:

  • Give someone the gift of a smile, every day. A smile has significant value for something that's free.

  • Text less. Talk more. Don't you miss the rich nuances of two-way conversation?

  • Don't click SEND. Skip the email and write a letter to your sister, your aunt, your dad. Stroking a pen across the page is good for the soul.

  • Visit someone each week. Not a long visit, just a quick, "I wanted to stop by and see how you're doing. I've missed you."

These are random acts of kindness that will NOT necessarily change the whole world. But they will make yours and mine happier, more connected places in which to live.


Li said...

I miss all of these things! I still get 3-4 handwritten letters every year, but those folks are ALL elderly and one day the letters will stop. I write letters to 2 other friends the same age, but they generally respond by email - nice to get a response, but not the same :-((

Mike said...

Good advice Lucy. But your great smile is no 'little thing'!

Brianna said...

Great reminder, Lucy! A worthwhile goal for every day of the year.

William Kendall said...

For me to text less, I'd have to buy one of those blackberrys or whatever and start texting.