It’s the Little Things

Just before I sat down to write this, Minnie, my girl kitty, came over to me. She rubbed up against my leg and started to purr. She has a super loud purr! My inclination was to give her a couple of pats and get going on this.

Instead, I sat down with her as she wandered back and forth rubbing against my hands, knees, and arms, purring the entire time! Before too long, I felt a giant smile cross my face! What a difference it makes when I stay fully present and enjoy Minnie!

It seems like everything today focuses on “BIG”. Taking the BIG risk. Making the BIG move. Yes, these are exciting and important; yet I’m finding more and more that it’s the little things that make a BIG difference.

When you start to slow down, and be fully present, it’s amazing what you’ll notice. I am always so surprised when I do this! I discover so many things I’ve missed in the past and/or I took for granted.

For example, our pets are a constant source of wonder! Our animals live in the present moment. They are only focused on what is right in front of them, whether that is a toy, a bone, or the view out the door. What little things have you noticed your pet do, when you take the time to be present? How did they engage you (e.g., nudge your hand, roll a ball near you, rub on your leg) and how did it feel to be a participant with your pet?

Another place I find so many little things I’ve missed is when I’m in nature. Usually when I go for my walk, I’m eager to “get it done” and get back to “the important stuff”. Does that sound familiar? When I take the time to notice things, such as the birds flying overhead, the clouds or the feeling of the sun on my face, I enjoy my walk so much more.

There are also other benefits of taking my time to notice the little things along my walk. For example, when I return to my desk I’m more:

  • Creative
  • Productive
  • Focused
  • Energized
  • Happier

When you spend time in nature what have you observed? How do you feel in the moment? What happens when you get back?

This hectic holiday season is the perfect time to experiment with noticing the little things! It’s simple to do:

  • slow down
  • take a few deep breathes
  • pay attention to what is happening around you (e.g., your dog is looking at you and then at his ball, a hawk just landed on the post in front of you)
  • observe the action around you or participate, it’s all up to you

One last thought about noticing the little things. You may think you need hours to notice the little things. Sure, you can take lots of time to notice and engage with the little things happening in your environment. Yet, taking just a few minutes to notice the little things can have a big impact.

Instead of hindering your progress, taking the time to notice and experience the little things in your life, will propel you forward. Additionally, I bet you’ll find the journey more fun, too!


Helen Kosinski

I'm an ICF credentialed coach and a certified animal communicator. I partner with ever evolving intuitive businesspeople who are on a mission to create a big impact. Before opening my business in 2005, I spent close to 25 years in technology in the financial services industry. Because of my time in corporate, I understand the overwhelm and frustration that keeps businesspeople stuck. I offer my clients unique approaches to gain clarity. This results in dissolving their blocks, getting unstuck and forging ahead to bring their big impact into the world.

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