From Dec. 24, 2013- The Little Things

Merry Christmas Everyone!! 🙂 Just going to write a short one tonight. I want to express my gratitude for the little things in life. This year, our family didn’t go all out as they usually do with the gifts. Money is tight, and material stuff isn’t really a necessity. So, there were some little nice gifts given, but mostly, just nice cards. But, what I’ve come to realize, is that family really does matter most. It may sound cliche, but it’s honestly the truth. Especially in my situation. Our tradition is a small family get-together on the night of Christmas Eve. Just myself, parents, aunt and uncle and grandparents. We either meet at our house or my aunt and uncle’s, which is only two houses down. We literally, eat, drink and be merry for a few hours, and then depart. What’s nice is just the sheer fact we can be together as a family and share a special night together. There are times I wish we could do a little more or do something different, but it’s okay that we don’t, because in the end, our togetherness is all that matters, along with the fact we’re all in pretty good shape and healthy! 🙂 I am thankful for having a close family for 22 years!!

Other little things I appreciate on a night like tonight… the light snow, quietly laying itself across the frozen landscape, giving the night an innocence that’s tangible. …The shimmering of brightly colored lights dancing and skipping across rooftops… the festive holiday music that always brings cheer and memories… every decoration sprawled across the house, filling every nook and cranny… these are the simple things. Things I grew up with, and can rely on year after year to be the same…until one day I begin my own traditions and can rely on them. 🙂
Last, but not least, the biggest little thing that I can appreciate with all of my heart at this time, is keeping in close contact with my beloved. 🙂 Even though we have restrictions and aren’t able to see each other as we wish, we still synchronize in heart, mind and soul. We have been talking constantly, and sometimes, it’s just the little texts or emails that can make a huge difference and create less of a space between us. With a deeper love, time doesn’t exist. Moments build upon one another and stretch out into eternity…traveling with us as we go on through our lives.
If there’s ever a time where you feel all is lost or isn’t what it should be…don’t ever give up, ever. Hang on to hopes and dreams then let them fly into the universe, as prayers and wishes, so that one day they are returned in the most magnificent way. Hope is never lost if only you believe.
Small causes, big effects.
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