Those Pesky Little Details

Are you a trees or a forest person? Do you focus on the big picture or the small details?

I’d like to think that I do both, but I’m probably a “trees” kind of guy. And leaves. And branches. And bark. And those little tiny critters that like to bore holes in the tree.

You get the idea.

I believe that the small details are important. The little things in life do matter. Whether it’s spell-checking an email, making sure the checkbook is properly balanced, or ensuring that the mirror of a certain space telescope is ground and polished to the proper specifications… the details matter.

I just hope I can get my son to understand that those pesky details matter when he does his math homework.

But despite the title of this post, the little things in life aren’t always so pesky. Often, it is the little things in life that make a difference.

The little things can make the ordinary amazing.

Have you ever had a really tough day? (Duh. Everybody does from time to time.) But then, something little happens and changes your day completely. For the better.

Maybe it was a smile from a stranger. Maybe it was a note from your wife.

Earlier this week, it was a Tweet from a college friend who said my return to blogging inspired her to update a blog of her own, called Marion’s Mittens. It’s a blog she created to help sell mittens, scarves and more that are handmade by her grandmother.

Awwww, shucks. – I shyly look down and shuffle my feet. –

It made a busy and somewhat frustrating day so much better!

Side note: given that it feels like a zillion degrees below zero right now, Marion’s creations look very warm! Technically speaking, since details matter, I think it feels like a zillion-point-two-eight-three degrees below zero right now.

It’s true. The little things in life do matter.

I want that concept to be an important part of this blog. I’ve even created a category for this idea. I call it: “It’s the Little Things.”

What are the little things that have made a difference in your life recently?

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  1. Thanks for the inspiration and the mention, Wade. Stay warm! (How I’ve been signing off every email and receipt these past few chilly weeks.)


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