Thank you for your response to our post last week about letting go. I always love a new year because it gives us the opportunity to take an inward look at ourselves and think about how we spend our time. I think as I grow older, I realize more and more the little things in life are the things that matter most. By this point in our lives, we’ve usually mastered the big picture, but it’s focusing on the little details that make it a masterpiece.
Whether it’s setting a beautiful table, monogramming pretty napkins, displaying a collection you love, or organizing treasured letters and notes you have saved for years—the things that give us great pleasure and bring happiness are the little things I am talking about. Not only for ourselves but for others as well.
This year I want to enjoy flowers inside and outside. There is nothing dreamier than having a blossom on my desk or on my side table at home. Last year for Christmas, I received a flower as a gift. Our editor of TeaTime magazine put one on my desk every week last year. I always looked forward to that, and it changed my outlook. How refreshing and how restorative it was to enjoy those beautiful blossoms. This post from Victoria magazine is great for winter flower inspiration.
I think it goes back to the time when my twins were young boys. They would pick weeds, flowers, leaves, and anything that looked like a bouquet to them and bring it inside to me. I had little vases lined up on my windowsill where I could enjoy each little item. Those little dirty hands would hold up a tightly-clasped collection of their precious treasures, and we would put them in vases to display them. What joy!
It wasn’t just the flowers; it was the reminder that they loved me and thought of me. Really that’s all anyone wants to know, isn’t it? How lovely it would be to brighten someone’s day with something as simple as a flower.
I am going to start a series of posts during this year writing about the little things that make a difference in our lives. I hope you will respond with your ideas and thoughts. Please share Ribbon with your friends. We want to reach as many as possible. Together, we will challenge each other and will think about what’s important. Let’s celebrate every day to the fullest.