It’s the “Little” Things

NaBloPoMo14DayNineteenSome days, okay, most days, I forget to be grateful for the little things. Because, you know, I want the big things to go right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, like the rest of you I, too, know that old saw “take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves”, blah, blah, blah. Not always true.

We can do everything right and, still, something can go “KERBLOOWIE!”. It happens.

I’m not suggesting that you head out today with the intention of screwing up things large and small, I’m just saying that not everything is in our control. I would argue that most things aren’t, but we operate under the assumption that they are. Because we want them to be. Sometimes we need them to be. Mostly, though, they are not. When things do go as planned, we should be grateful, that’s all I’m saying.

And so I am grateful this morning. Why? Because I made not just one, but two, perfect cups of coffee. They were just right. Most mornings I’m happy with acceptable. Perfection often eludes me in all things. Once in a while, though, the stars align and “BANG!” I get to start off on the right foot.

I am aware, of course, that days that begin this way more often than not can and usually do have a tendency to tank somewhere down the line. Still, the perfect cup of coffee is a nice, and dare I say?, hopeful beginning.

I’m off to “The Annoying Bar and Grill” in a few minutes to work my second open-to-close in a row. Twelve hours there can suck the joy out of just about anything. Literally. I will try, though, to remind myself, no matter how horribly wrong this brutal shift may go, that I at least started out on the right foot today.

That’s something. And something is always better than nothing — especially in my line of work.

What “little” thing might you be grateful for today?

28 thoughts on “It’s the “Little” Things

  1. Snoskred says:

    Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    Today I am grateful for technology. It has made some of my doings today a lot easier. 🙂

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I also add participating blogs to my feed reader. So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear.

    I have created three bundles on Inoreader so that bloggers can easily visit other participating NaBloPoMo bloggers which you can find here –

    Your blog is in the second bundle.. I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts. You may see me drop by again during November, but it might be December before I finish my first drop by to blogs if I don’t get faster at leaving comments. 🙂

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!


    • javaj240 says:

      I had TOTALLY forgotten that I had signed up for that…. epic fail on my part. (Now I feel terrible!)

      Thanks for letting me know… I will hop over to your blog (and the others that I ignored this month) as soon as time allows!


  2. elinwaldal says:

    My day always begins with a cup of joe and yes, I think you should celebrate 2 darn good cups of coffee!

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  3. janieemaus says:

    I am thankful that I have stopped moving from our long train ride!

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  4. I am so grateful to finally be home from my 12-hour-caregiving shift and to be reading such inspiring blog posts like this one and drinking the tea my husband made for me. It truly is the little things.

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  5. CaptCruncher says:

    Two perfect cups of coffee! That is just so…perfect! I am grateful that I get to read some amazing writers (like you) discuss wonderful things (like perfect cups of coffee)! Love it Jackie!

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    • javaj240 says:

      I certainly don’t set the world on fire with my pedestrian subject matter, but at least I make a few people smile now and again. Getting to know folks like you has been a wonderful part of this journey. Those things? Even better than a “perfect” cup of coffee.


  6. kimtb says:

    Gardening with my dad. Actually a big thing, since we spent Monday night (1:00 am -9:00 am) in the emergency room.

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    • javaj240 says:

      Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that (not the gardening, the hospital). I hope all is well (or as well as it can be).

      I am not allowed anywhere near my father’s garden. Seriously. It is verboten. I’m the daughter with the “black” thumb. He and I share other things, but not gardening.


  7. I used to work with a woman who made a LOT of money and I was always intrigued why she always brought in her morning coffee rather than buying from Starbucks or such. She said that by making it herself, she’s assured she’ll have at least ONE PERFECT THING exactly how she wants it each and every day. I couldn’t stand that woman, but I do love that philosophy.

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    • javaj240 says:

      She sounds like a winner (NOT!).

      Normally I can screw up a train wreck and I always have to “tweak” my coffee when I make it myself (I have much better luck at Starbuck’s — some things should be left to the professionals, LOL!). Anyway, that’s why this morning’s miracle of not ONE, but TWO “perfect” cups made by my own hands deserved to be acknowledged and documented 🙂


  8. I am grateful for an amazing vet to care for our animals, puppy kisses, and the view of a gorgeous sunrise when I open my curtains. Little things really are the big things.

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  9. I am grateful I got out of the house today even if it was only for errands. I’ve been cooped (sp?) up for various reasons. And I’m glad to know YOU, my friend.

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  10. I am grateful I am married to a loving kind man who understands me!


  11. Oh Jackie. I hope work held lots of little joy-filled surprises. And I so the that “perfect cup of coffee.” Mine were not this morning – but still grateful to have a warm beverage in a warm house.

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  12. I’m grateful for my little dog. 😉

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  13. I’m grateful that I have one dark chocolate almond Zone bar left for breakfast and half of my iced tea from Chipotle left over from yesterday. Yes, it is the little things!


  14. I just got an invitation to speak about gratitude this Sunday, so this post is helping me get into the right mindset for that. Thanks!

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