Friday, July 02, 2004

BIG Things, little things, and Goodness

I believe this is the weekend several things will happen.

1) I will purchase Bill Clinton's book.
2) I will select some movies for myself for next week to watch.
3) Not much writing will get done.
4) Hopefully hubby and I will get to go downtown for the July 4th celebration beginning tomorrow.

Not very exciting is it? To you, perhaps, but I've been looking forward to these simple things (except #3). Why? Because it seems when I look forward to BIG things, something always falls through, but the simple, little things always seem to come through.

Is it a way we look at them, I wonder, that helps them come to pass? If the BIG things were looked at with the simple goodness of little things, would they more than likely come to pass?

If we didn't build them up and expect so much from the BIG things, would they make it? I mean, there is always something going wrong with the big plans I make, and if I'm really, really, really looking forward to something it seems the slightest miscalculation can throw off the entire event and make it seem less special than it otherwise was going to be. On the other hand, if I merely look forward to something that isn't that grand in the world's book (or mine for that matter), it comes off without a hitch and I end up having the best time ever. Not only do I have a wonderful time, but it seems everyone else around me does, too. The pressure is off. Everyone breathes easier and everyone has a good time without having to fulfill any expectations.

If this is true, I need to put this in practice with everything I do. Not exactly be carefree and say nothing matters, because lots and lots of ordinary, every day simple things matter; but have the ability to look at things like a child and enjoy everything with the glee and joy of all the goodness of it.

Actually, I'm pretty good at this. Cheyenne says I "experience" many things instead of just "doing" them. Maybe, just maybe, if I let myself go and do that with all of life the BIG things would work out just as much as the smaller things.

Either way, I'm looking forward to this weekend, even though hubby must work.


Alex said...

I guess it is the KISS principle at work. The more complicated things get the more opportunity they have for things to go wrong. I also suspect this universe is brought to you by the number 3. In other words for most things to successfully happen you have to have 3 primary things. If there are more you get instability.

Anonymous said...

I’ve noticed the same thing – the more specific my plans, the more likely that some small thing will louse everything up. So long as I keep everything relatively free flowing, everything works out quite well.