I’ve quoted many a distinguished author and authority over the past twelve months, but I’ve reserved the final blog of 2014 for the very wise words of … Winnie the Pooh!
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”.
A friend wrote this recently after the birth of his first granddaughter at 3am on Christmas Morning.
I know it’s not quite the same but a certain small four-legged, floppy-ear, waggy-tail creature has also been taking up a lot of room in our hearts … not to mention our house, day, life!!! In that way, Tess is a bit like a new baby!!!
But back to Winnie … I like this quote as a timely reminder before a new year begins that it’s the little things in life that count.
However, ironically we focus too often on the little things that are trivial and give them the most room in our hearts, allowing them to take over the biggest space. There’s a saying ‘the devil is in the details’ and we permit our view of things that should be small and unimportant to distort our vision and perspective and we miss the bigger picture by letting insignificance dominate our landscape.
Conversely, we can also allow our culture to condition and coerce us to pursue the ‘bigger’ things in life. There is absolutely nothing wrong with pursuing goals and dreams and having vision for our lives. The problem is when that is our only focus and gets out of perspective and we overlook the small things that give our life purpose and pleasure now.
Thank you Winnie the Pooh (and grandad Neil) for reminding me to distinguish what I need to make room in my heart for and the things that I need to give no space to.
And thank you for giving me space to share my heart with you this year x