“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” -Winnie the Pooh
Gratitude: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful
A round glass bowl sits on a bookshelf. Romantic novels, academic textbooks and action seeking adventure books surround the bowl. A pile of rugged, earthy colored stones rest in the glass bowl. Each stone is a “precious memory.” Individually they unveil separate journeys but when combined they build hopefulness, smiles, and contentment for the young girl. On dark, isolated days when the monster’s voice is a little too loud she reaches into the bowl and randomly selects a stone. A stone that will lift her spirits and be a reminder that there’s a world outside the monster. Looking at the large container, deep down she knows any of the stones will be a valid choice. Wondering which story she will see, the girl begins to recollect her possibilities.
She begins with the pure joy watching a deaf man’s face light up when asked to teach a person a sign in an elegant language. A soft, sweet smile softens her face. Placing the moment back into the file, an innocent child sparks the next stone. It is tiny human fascinated by a baby lizard, this bridges into tribe of sisters attempt to meditate but their giggles out shine the silence. The monster’s voice slightly declines. She continues down the list in her head. A customer calls the store he just left to personally give a compliment. The young girl notices her happiness breaking through. Her smile grows a tiny bit bigger as she is reminded of the next stone; it is the unexpected but heart warming text messages from a best friend. In the background she listens for the endless laughing with coworkers over silly things and talking about “random, useless information.” The light at the end of the tunnel begins to glisten; there is a chance the crappy day can be flipped around. The next possibility is sneaking to the neighbor’s house to complete “operation: first day of school” with dusty chalk hands. Will this be the stone she selects or will it be a positive affirmation confirming that one is capable when presented a given task? Vivid pictures are constructed in the young girl’s mind. She watches the reunion of lifelong friends that have turned into family. The monster has backed off even more but doesn’t settle without a fight. It’s time to rummage through the raffle.
Closing her eyes, she slowly reaches into the bowl. The girl makes her decision and draws the stone out anxiously waiting. After opening her eyes, a heavy sigh is released. It’s silent. The monster is gone and she cherishes the few moments simply being. Her powerful and mighty God has come through again. He knew exactly what she needed at exactly the right time. Each day, as the young girl travels through her life, she seeks out for these precious stones. Slowly the glass bowl will reach the rim and another container will be placed on the shelf.
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely most important.” -Arthur Conan Doyle
Psalm 34:17-18 “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”