Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Little Things

by Jeffe Kennedy

Anyone who's read very many of my blog posts knows that I'm big on counting blessings. Not necessarily one by one, but because I have them at all.

Thus one of my favorite lessons from my one of my very favorite professors, who has since passed away. I've talked about it before, but I think it always bears repeating.

He said, when tragedies befall us, we raise our eyes to the heavens and ask, why me? But when blessings shower upon us, we never ask, why me?

I think part of this is because the blessings are so many that they pile up around us, like snowflakes, becoming part of the landscape of our lives. So, for my counting up of the plenty in my life, I'm going to list some of the little things.

Drowsy cats with soft fur.
The way warm tea feels sliding down my throat.
A man's skin and the scent of soap in damp hair.
Clean sheets.
Golden leaves against a deep blue horizon.
The words flowing just exactly right.
A sudden insight.
Connecting with someone who lives on the other side of the world.
A cold glass of wine on a hot afternoon.
A warm fire on a cold night.
Belly laughing.
Love, in all its endless forms and expressions.

I wish you all a week of plenty and blessings. May you be surrounded by all good things.


  1. What a beautiful post, Jeffe. Thank you.

  2. Lovely, Jeffe. So easy to overlook those little blessings, but they weigh more than the big ones in the end. And I absolutely adore the pic. : )

  3. Teddy give an excellent example of enjoying the little things.

  4. Thanks and blessings back at ya! (And pats to Teddy for being so darn cute.)

  5. Great post!
    It's important to be aware of those little things that make life good.
    My favorite small blessing is being able to sit on the couch and relax with a good book and hot chocolate.

  6. You've really hit a nerve there.

    I'm not sure where you are, but I'm in England. Whether that is on another side of the world from you, I don't know, but wherever you are, please be certain. You've connected with me.
    Thank you for your thoughts.

  7. A lovely post to get us thinking about Thanksgiving week. And Teddy looks soooo sleepy and comfy. :-)

  8. KAK - Teddy says "purrrrrr..."

    That's a great one to include Sullivan. Time to read a good book is one of the greatest blessings.

    Hestia - I'm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the States. Thanks for letting me know!

    Thank you, Laura. Teddy specializes in sleepy and comfy.