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The Little Things

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Thank you for all the encouraging texts and for your prayers as I prepare to have back surgery. I recently updated a post from a few days ago with the details of it all. 

Today, I'd like to say that I'm grateful for the little things. 

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The way that coffee somehow manages to taste better in the winter, the moment when you get to the bus stop right before it pulls away and the way that you find the laughter of your closest friends the most comfortable sounds in the universe. 

Do you know what I'm talking about? 

I feel like the older I get and the more I do things like pay taxes, I realize that it's the little things in life that truly matter. But I didn't always think this way. I used to believe in the mantra, work hard and play hard. Although I have a lot of great memories from that time, I've found that life is made up of a lot of little moments and highlights don't come often enough. 

So, as of late, I've tried to take joy in the things I'd usually take for granted. The taste of coffee, the smell of rain and the ways that leaves magically change colors. 

Most of all, I've come to realize that it's not as much about finding joy as it is about deciding to live from the perspective of joy. 

What are some little things that you're grateful for? Let's chat in the comments! 

P.S. For some reason, writing this blog reminded me of an interesting article which cites a research project that found that planning a vacation makes you happier than actually being on vacation.