Being the control freak and qualitative researcher I am, I tend to organize my files into multiple folders and sub folders which make my pathways to obtaining that file a somewhat arduous journey. Going down this path multiple times has actually been a common dread because I share files so often in my job. Then one day I realized I could probably just drag and drop those files instead of hitting the paperclip button in my e-mail. I didn’t think it was possible with my account but I figured I’d give it a try. And so I did. Lo and behold,it worked. I was floored with elation thinking about how much dread I’ve potentially removed from my life going forward. I’m sure it must have been the most obvious solution but for me it wasn’t for a long time; not until I used other programs which encouraged that function right away. It’s amazing how minor adjustments in our habits can make a major difference to our overall happiness.
So as minor as this incident may seem, it has made a huge difference in my day to day life when it comes to matters of correspondence. Aside from that, it was a great reminder that the small things in life do need to be celebrated. It’s something that I forgot for awhile, yet it was something I know is important to do. All the small milestones, successes, or achievements you have amount to something. They matter.
What it means to celebrate the small things
We are surrounded by the expectations that only the “big” occasions in life merit a grand celebration and that those occasions are the most important ones in life. No they’re not. Don’t wait for some big occasion to come into your life because you may miss the smaller occasions along the way. Life is fragile and unpredictable so it’s important to acknowledge you for who you are. Monitor your growth, monitor your achievements. Celebrate your growth, celebrate your achievements. You are the one with whom you spend the most time with and you are the one who knows yourself the best. Even if others don’t share your joy in the small thing that you’ve celebrated, that’s okay. It doesn’t make your celebration any less sparkly or joyous. Having a party for one can mean more cake for you!
Examples of small things to celebrate
If you don’t already celebrate the small things in your life, I highly recommend that you start. You say you don’t know where to start? Well, consider the example I gave you in the beginning of this post. Has there been a struggle you’ve overcome? Has there been a recent shift in your thinking that has improved your outlook on life? Those are some examples of small things to celebrate. If you need some ideas to get you started, feel free to peruse through Neil Pasricha’s book titled “The Book of Awesome.” It may be a great way to start nurturing a mindset of gratitude and joy.
When you celebrate the small things in your life, you are paving the way for gratitude to naturally become a part of your life. When you have more gratitude, you’ll put yourself in the best place for those bigger occasions to come in your life. So enjoy celebrating the small things every day and start to see how this pattern of thinking will slowly change your life for the better. What are some of the small things you’ve celebrated recently? Feel free to share your story and share the love in the comments below!