Appreciating the little things

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Many times in life, we are told to take a step back and look at the big picture, but how often do we take the time to take a few steps closer and look at the little things in life?

By Devon Rocke, Opinion Editor

Many times in life, we are told to take a step back and look at the big picture, but how often do we take the time to take a few steps closer and look at the little things in life? Maybe it’s that beautifully scented candle that reminds you of home or the times when your soft blanket keeps you at the perfect temperature. Maybe it’s the subtle way the sunlight beams through the trees in your yard or the melodious song coming from a bird nearby. They are the details that you miss trying to speed through the day just going from one place to another.

It’s about time we slowed down and counted our blessings because this year has shown just how quickly the things we once enjoyed can disappear from our lives. No more concerts or parties. No more museums or group picnics. No big trip to DisneyLand with the family and no rendezvous down to the Jersey Shore. There’s no way around it, COVID-19 has been the root of many sacrifices.

However, we cannot allow ourselves to only dwell in what once was. Instead, we must relish the things that we do have. Whether it’s something as small as the snowflakes silently drifting down from fluffy clouds, or as significant as watching the big game with our families, there is always something to appreciate.

For instance, take the fact that we can communicate with our friends and family with the click of a button via text or FaceTime, two of the many luxuries not yet invented when the last pandemic hit. Express your gratitude for the scientists and doctors that are actively working on the front lines and have faith that one day you may once again go back to appreciating the big things in life. 

Until that fateful day, though, I’d like you to stop and appreciate something small for a change.

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