All the tiny, little things - August 25

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless, unencumbered acts of kindness and of love. ” - Wiliam Wordsworth


When we look back on what we’ve done - on where we’ve come from, on what we’ve achieved - it’s those towering milestones that we’re seeking. We want to point to wins that changed everything, victories that shaped our paths. It’s what we’re taught; that the big things are what really matter. That the little things aren’t worth documenting. They aren’t worth remembering.

I’ve certainly done that myself. I spent most of my 20’s rating each passing year by the linear triumphs they contained. But now…

I don’t know. I don’t think any of it matters quite so much. Not like the small things matter. The moments where you choose to be the best possible version of yourself. When your kid wakes you up at 2am because they’re frightened and your reaction is to hug, hold and comfort them, not to grouch and grump around the house. When you take the time to ask a colleague or a client how they really are, and you listen as they give an honest answer.

Those little things, in their entirety, are the true makeup of who we are as people. They’re what define and divine the path to the big things.

All my love,

Joan

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Random acts of kindness are simple, meaningful gestures that can have a profound impact on those on the receiving end. They can be as simple as giving someone their coffee order without charge or paying for the person behind you in line at Starbucks. The act of kindness doesn't need to cost money or take time. It could just be a quick word of encouragement or a compliment on how they look today. One of the best parts about performing these random acts is that you don't know who you're really helping out. There will never come a time when the world is perfect, but it's never too late to make someone's day better.



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The best feeling in the world is that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you take a long bubble bath at home. There’s something so satisfying about the gentle sounds of water running down your skin, the way your eyes get all  sparkly from all the bubbles, and how clean and relaxed your skin feels afterward. A long bubble bath will have you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead! What are you waiting for? Get in there already!


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Gratitude is not just a good idea. It may be the most powerful technique for changing our lives and our world. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Take a single post-it note and write down one solitary gratitude. ✨


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