Last year, Jessi and I started a tradition of meeting on the first of every month to pray and decide on a theme for the next 30 days. It really helps us to be present every day and intentional about what we think, say, and do. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so…well, life changing.
The theme for this month is the little things. More specifically, that the little things are actually the big things.
To me, this holds a couple of different meanings. First of all, we agreed that we want to be the type of people that show acts of kindness, no matter how “little” they may be.
Talking to the lady who we see every day at the corner deli. Complimenting strangers. Sending a simple encouraging text to someone.
I’ll be honest – in New York it’s easy to become jaded to those things. To avoid talking to people. To stare at the ground while walking. It’s crazy how much those little changes can make such a huge difference in my life, and hopefully in some small way in the lives of others.
Another reason the little things holds meaning to me is because I far too often find myself being preoccupied with what I think are the big, more “important” things. I find myself in a state of discontentment until X task is done or X goal is met. But the thing is – those goals/timetables/responsibilities will always be there. And I don’t want to miss the smaller, more meaningful things in life because I was too busy to even notice them.
Do you have any sort of theme or mantra for January? If so, what is it?