“How’s married life treating you,” her friend asked a few months after the wedding. “Overall, it’s good. He’s a great guy. But often I’m exasperated by the smallest things. A jar left half opened. A wet towel left on the bed. Facial hair in the wash basin….”
Exasperated By The Smallest Things?
Some years later.
“I’m feeling funny,” she said.
“Funny? What do you mean?” he asked.
“Like I’m going to be sick,” and before she could go on further, she puked all over him.
He didn’t blink, but went to get her a glass of water and a wet towel to clean her. Only then did he clean himself up.
She was most apologetic, but he just brushed her apologies aside.
Now on days when he seems cross with her, and she wants to be cross with him, she finds it hard. On days when she’s exasperated by the smallest things, she remembers this little episode with love and gratitude.
It’s always the smallest things, right? Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart, don’t they?
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Perfect words for my week as my husband recovers from.surgery and I realize all the things, big and small, that he does every day to keep us afloat.
The small things take the most room in the heart. How true, Corinne. I do get irked by small things and appearing mundane but as we realize how we hold on to them when we can grow above them all. Thanks for the reminder.
Your post made me remember the quote that says – the small things in life aren’t small after all. So true!
Wow! What a powerful statement: “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”. What a good reminder during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day to look at the big picture!
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That was lovely Corinne – I think we all need to remember the little things our loved ones do for us – it definitely helps offset those days when they drive us a little bit crazy or when we’re feeling impatient.
Yes, it always the smallest things that matter. and it always the smallest things like these that keep a marriage together. What a lovely post!
It’s always the smallest things that matter! Such a beautiful reminder – for everything that irritates us about our partners, there are those little gestures of love and care that negate all else.
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Timely read. My wife and I spend the better part of 18 hours visiting with fam – for 2 hours – then traveling to Panama. Ride to the airport and layovers made for a long trip. We coasted through the small things normally a bit agitating because we set an intent not to sweat the small stuff.
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Oh yes, I once read don’t sweat the small stuff and I never forget the question, will it matter a year from now? SO when you start to get upset over something put it in that perspective. You will quickly adjust your thinking in most cases 🙂
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It’s so true what they say about not sweating the small stuff! This was such a beautiful reminder. Thanks so much for sharing this, Corinne.