When the holiday season rolls around each year, we are all reminded to be thankful for the blessings we have received. It is easy to fill out the list with the big things in our lives: family, friends, health and jobs, but what about all the little things that fill in the spaces between the big things? I’m talking about the small instances that have the power to bring a smile to your face on some randomly uneventful Tuesday. Should we be any less thankful for those little things that have the power to make us happy than we are for the big things in our lives? Personally, I don’t think so; in fact I believe the more thankful we are each day, the happier we all will be.
When I sat down to write this column, I was reminded of a quote by Andy Rooney that I came across a few months ago and it really hammered this point home to me. Rooney said, “For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”
So, in honor of that line of thinking, I decided this year’s list of what I am thankful for will be made up solely of the little things that bring me great joy in life. Therefore, the 15 (little) things I am thankful for in 2015 are:
• The sweet way my dog Izzy sleeps on me when we are sitting on the couch watching TV.
• Hearing my favorite songs on the radio while I am typing away on the computer at work.
• When I spend the weekend at my parents’ house and wake up to the smell of my daddy already cooking breakfast.
• Facetime calls from my nephew, Brayden, so I can not only talk to him, but see his cute face as well.
• Waking up and realizing I still have a few hours left to go back to sleep before the alarm goes off.
• Phone calls from my mama in the morning just to tell me to have a good day.
• Random text messages of funny pictures from my friends throughout the day.
• When people tell me they really enjoyed reading some article or column that I wrote.
• The many inside jokes I share with my sister, Brittany and knowing she will get what I am referencing even if I can only manage to say one word because I am already laughing so hard. Sometimes we are so in sync with each other it is as if we share one brain.
• The fact that there is always a “Big Bang Theory” rerun on some channel each day and no matter how many times I have seen an episode, it still makes me laugh.
• Beautiful sunrises on the days I have to get up extra early. Even though I dislike getting up before daylight, getting to watch the sky change colors as the sun comes up makes the process a little easier.
• That my parents saved many of the toys my sister and I had growing up. When I get to play with them with Brayden, it gives me a chance to relive my own childhood.
• Finding an ice cold Mountain Dew waiting on me in the refrigerator after a long day.
• Finally, the fact that this list doesn’t even begin to cover all the things I am thankful for in my life.
So, if you are having trouble getting into the spirit of the season, just remember no matter how big or how small, there is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1