Small things matter

Few things tug at my heart simply because they're so simple, or small, we often take them for granted.

Handwritten notes, home-cooked meals, a quote from my favorite poet, fresh flowers, tap on the shoulders, my Dad staying up late waiting on me to be home safe, coffee chats with my brother, or bestfriend... I'm quite old school.

Almost... nostalgic.

Such things may seem too small to some, yet, when done tastefully, can strengthen relationships in ways we can never imagine. I know.

Sometimes, small "relevant" details mean a lot. Because when overlooked, a tiny blot can easily become a smudge, that can turn into a stubborn stain. It's not nitpicking. 

My work in advertising and marketing has somehow trained me to be more mindful of details. And though it may not be as exact a science as engineering or chemistry, but still, much like it, a seemingly insignificant mistake such as a typo in an advertising copy, can ruin an entire marketing campaign. Similarly, a lawyer's mistake on technical details can spell the difference between a lifetime in jail and freedom for his or her client. Even, our failure to read and understand fine prints in a credit card bill can cost us much. Buh!

Same thing is true with relationships, careers, projects, or personal struggles. Many people live their lives like they have it all figured out, but often forget important details. Details that can spell the difference between success and failure, profit and loss, defeat and accomplishment, mediocrity and excellence, or even growth and stagnancy.

These are "differences" that tend to leave us dissatisfied, restless, and miserable at times. You see, negative emotions rub off easily. Worse, it's contagious.

So, the next time life hits you with a brick in the head, rescan through the details. Breathe. Perhaps, it's time you pay attention to small things. Today. Before it's too late.
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." ~Vincent Van Gogh


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