“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault
The orange, hand-painted silk cat was a gift from my sister, way back in grade school. It now occupies a shelf in one of my twins rooms.
The plastic Virgin Mary with child was bought at a flea market when I first moved to NY. The elderly lady who sold it to me assured me that she had owned it since she was a little girl and it had traveled with her from Italy to the USA.
At first glance, the Writing Challenge topic enthralled me. Who wouldn’t want to share the various knick knacks that have journeyed with them through life’s roller coaster? I looked around and was quite surprised that nothing in particular stood out. Don’t get me wrong, I have beautiful things but nothing stood out. Why not? Well, certain things hold great value for us but the true treasures are beyond our things; they are the memories and people connected to those things. You see, as a child, I traveled and moved quite a bit so that my favorite things, my special knick knacks or heirlooms were, instead, memories held close to my heart and people, family and cherished friends, held even closer. We moved for good and bad reasons; my dad’s promotions and the civil war. Each move left me with lifelong lessons that persist today… More below!
“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” Flora Whittemore
This indoor plant has followed me everywhere in the US. It is now the size of a small tree.
These are the indelible, lifelong lessons that I hold dear today: Cherish the good, celebrate and enjoy the abundance, travel the world, capture each happy moment in a friendship for the next move might mean we lose touch. Save items for days of shortages, become acutely aware of the brevity of life, and head for the hills when the enemy arrives. Yes, they were conflicting messages and left little room for choosing things as favorites. I looked around my home anyway and found a few things with a bit of longevity and personal history… After all, the little things matter.
I hope you enjoyed this post. What about you and your favorite things?
Have a spectacular weekend ahead! You are already a light on the path. What are your thoughts? Do you have one or several favorite things? Where did those things come from? What memories do they hold for you? What insights could you share with others? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Weekly Writing Challenge: A Few Of My Favorite Things
*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: We walk our path in life to learn important lessons and connect with others… Cherish the love and the lessons.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: via my personal collection.
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