The Value of the Small

I love Winnie the Pooh, even now. Maybe especially now–it’s a reminder of a simpler time as life becomes increasingly complex. Piglet is adorable and small. Pooh, Piglet, and the other classic characters all enjoy life’s simple (and small) pleasures. Honey, friendship, love, looking at the river flowing by. Nothing big.

Small things tend to be overlooked. And they can be crucial to the success of a writer. Typographical errors can ruin the flow of prose. One small word can change the shade of meaning in a sentence. Easy to miss, but so critical. I cannot tell you how many times I have put something away and returned to it a day or two later and caught one or two small issues that would have made a big impact on a reader.

The small is easy to forget about. And yet, it’s the small things that make life a little sweeter. That quick hug from a friend or family member, a kind word, or a smile. Finding an extra dollar in the bottom of your purse or out in the parking lot.

So, have you looked at the small today? Every time I do, I reap big rewards. I think it helps make the “big picture” much brighter!

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