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Pay Attention to the Little Things

Pay Attention to the Little Things

January 1, 2021

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. ~ A. Conan Doyle

When I am at the coast, I enjoy daily brisk walks on the beach as I listen to the rolling waves, breath in the fresh moist air, and watch the seagulls hovering over the water. Morning walks are “big picture” experiences compared to my afternoon leisurely strolls when I experience the minutiae—“the little things”—like looking for sea glass. Both outings feed my spirit in a different way.

 When we’re caregiving others, we need to consider the big picture health concerns of the one for whom we’re giving care. However, it’s most often the little things we do that matter most, like initiating a conversation—even if it’s about the weather; showing appreciation whenever you can, and providing relief for tiny annoyances—like putting the TV remote in easy reach, finding a misplaced item, or watering a droopy plant.

These little things are often the greatest gifts you can give another.

Warm regards,

Rebecca Hauder R.N., LCPC

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