Small Things Make a Difference by Cher’ley

This Blog  by Cher’ley Grogg

An eyelash, a blade of grass, Tinkerbelle, Jack, and an embryo all have something in common they are small, but important. I lived in Texas for quite a while and in Texas the bigger the better. Everything is bigger in Texas, or so I’ve heard. I have come to realize that some of the most fascinating things on this earth are small.

I haven’t seen the movie Jack the Giant Killer on the big screen, but I read the book to my children when they were little, and I’m sure it was read to me when I was a tiny young’un. Jack, the small lad, climbs the beanstalk, kills the giant and gets the goose that lays the golden egg, and he and his mother live happily ever after. From the advertisements, I don’t believe that’s exactly what happens in the movie. But in the book that’s what happens, they live happily ever after and I like to think of life is being happily ever after too. However, I’m a realist, and I know this is not true, but I look for the little things in life that make me happy. Look for the little things that lift your spirits.

Jack the Giant Killer

How amazing is it to walk through the woods and spot those little teeny yellow flowers or those tiny blue flowers that grow wild and they are scattered everywhere for our enjoyment? If there’s a grassy patch, there are little flowers. The tiny buds on trees and bushes that burst forth in the spring are awesome.

The small pleasures of life give us some of the happiest most contented moments that anyone can experiences. Just think about the wonder of viewing a kitten, a puppy or a newborn baby.

One of my pleasures in life is my painting. Here is one of my Magnolia Blossomspaintings.

While under my instructor, during the time when I was developing my fine art, we’d examine paintings by great artists and Lee would tell me to watch for the details. He said to put in the little details. Water color is a looser form of painting, but still it has detail. Just like writing, I’d go back and add a little more color in one area and a little more water in another. I’d smudge it and move the paint around, constantly adding more detail. In writing, I’m painting a picture with words. Details bring the writing picture to life.

For instance, a little baby is soft to the touch. You smell the freshness of her hair. You look at the tiny creases in her arms and legs. and you marvel at her tiny feet. Her perfect eyelashes brush her cheek as she sleeps. Little sucking noises come from her rosy little mouth. There is nothing that beats the feeling when she curls that little hand around your finger, and you kiss her on the top of her head.

Here’s a list of 10 things that make a difference in my life: 

  1. The moment after the rain stops. Everything smells clean, fresh, and revitalized.
  2. A deep stretch. The benefits of loosening your muscles exceed enhanced relaxation. Check out Nursing Degree’s 77 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga for a little food for thought.
  3. A beautiful sunset or sunrise. Nothing is more inspirational that tuning into nature’s majesty.
  4. Playing a game you loved as a child. Pull out Candyland and tap into the simplicity of childhood.
  5. An extra half-hour of sleep. Hit the sack a little earlier one night and see how this changes your day.
  6. A spa-like shower experience. Remember that commercial reference I made before? You too can get way too excited washing your hair with Herbal Essences shampoo.
  7. A thoughtful question from a friend. When she asks, “What’s your favorite childhood memory?” she’s trying to learn what makes you happy. How beautiful that she cares to know.
  8. A long phone conversation, like you used to have in junior high. Curl up with your cell, call a dear friend, and start reminiscing.
  9. 10 minutes with an animal. Petting an animal is actually quite meditative. If you don’t have a pet, head to your local dog park and make a new furry friend.
  10. Finding money you didn’t know you had. Leave a ten in your coat pocket and then forget about it. Future you will be pretty psyched.

In my book “Stamp Out Murder”, James and Carolyn walk through a wooded area, to get to the Cheat River behind McKeel’s Bed and Breakfast. They touched trees, were careful not to slide down the hill, and took photos standing beside big trees. Carolyn taught James to skip a rock across the water, and they splashed and played in the shallow river like small children. A story poem by me. 

What small something has touched your life? What unexpected noun gave pleasure to you?

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores.

Stamp Out Murder”.

The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.

The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time   and the B&W Edition of The Journey BackThe JourneyBack 3

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27 Responses to Small Things Make a Difference by Cher’ley

  1. Pingback: Small Things Make a Difference by Cher’ley | Cherley's Weblog

  2. Reblogged this on L.LEANDER BOOKS and commented:
    Friend and Author Cherley Grogg has written a beautiful post on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors about “The Little Things In Life.” You’ll love it, I promise.

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  3. What a beautiful post, Cherley. I have always been accused of taking too much time to stop and “smell the roses” but I’ll never change. Like you, I revel in the beauty of the world around me from the smallest flower to the sky overhead. I loved the poem about your name and your artwork is gorgeous. While I enjoy some of the same small things you do, probably my most favorite is meditation. Tapping into your soul and having that special communion with God makes the day happy. Probably my other most favorite “treat” is a pedicure because I love polished toenails. I love to sit alone and play my fiddle or guitar. stand in the warm spring rain, watch the birds at the feeder, and the precious face of my husband when he falls asleep in his recliner. When I walk it’s a wonder I don’t fall down because my head is swinging back and forth looking at all the lovely flowers in yards in my neighborhood because it IS finally spring here! I think I’ll make my own top-ten list!

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    • Wranglers says:

      I had a lot of more personal things that I love too, like laying next to my husband , my Prayer time with God, and singing old hymns. Dancing to old music
      My granddaughter thrilled me this week with her talent, and she’s so smart she fascinates me and then there is Mitch
      .I really could go on for a long time. Please keep Ben, my youngest grandson in your prayers and thoughts as

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  4. Oh, I forgot to mention, I also loved Jack and the Beanstalk as a child and the movie looks like fun doesn’t it?

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    • Wranglers says:

      Thanks Linda. I loved all Fairy Tales and I still do. To continue on the last comment. Please keep Ben, my youngest grandson in your prayers as he protects our country. Che’ley

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  5. I recently sent out an e-mail to everyone I know, announcing my poetry chapbook, That’s Life: New and Selected Poems, is due out late this summer by Finishing Line Press. I received several e-mail messages of support from friends, and I really appreciate these.

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  6. Travis says:

    Agreed Cherley, it’s wonderful to enjoy the little things and gifts the universe has provided for us.

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    • Wranglers says:

      Thanks Linda. I loved all Fairy Tales and I still do. To continue on the last comment. Please keep Ben, my youngest grandson in your prayers as he protects our country. Che’ley

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  7. katewyland says:

    Many of my small things revolve around nature and animals. Sunsets over the ocean, the cool quiet of the Redwoods, Glory’s low soft nicker when I arrive, her warm, sweet breath on my face, the fun of watching her exuberance when I let her out to play, and the jaw-dropping awe at her impressive movement.

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    • Wranglers says:

      Travis, I know, but I’m afraid I get way too busy, like most of us. When I write about taking the time to enjoy small things, I then seem to do it a bit more. Thanks for reading. Cher’ley

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    • Wranglers says:

      Kate, you are so lucky compared to most of us, because of Glory, you get outside much more than the rest of us do. I’m so happy for you. I’m going to try to get time to go visit the horses at my neighbors farm before the summer is over.

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  8. Nancy Jardine says:

    That’s a lovely post, Cherley- thank you. I’m experiencing those new baby things you’ve mentioned and can’t help but home in on those, but the other examples are great too.

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    • Wranglers says:

      Nancy, I’m sharing the new baby experience. Of course I have my great grandson, but I also have several young friends who have had babies these last few weeks. I can’t wait to see and hold them. Thanks, Cher’ley

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  9. Little things do mean a lot and I’ve experienced many of those little blessings lately. You are so right that we need to keep those in the forefront of our minds (and hearts) — when we do, the gratitude pours forth. Spring is a great time to be reminded that small things can produce big results — flowers and rain just to name a few. Lovely post, Cher’ley!

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  10. Doris says:

    Cher’ley,

    You have hit upon what makes life worth living and said it beautifully. Thank you for such a soothing and inspiring post. Doris

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    • Wranglers says:

      Doris, You think upon these things daily as you write your Haiku (Smiling, as I think of some of them that have touched me), Your Haikus, and poetry make me stop and reflect, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Thanks. Cher’ley

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  11. Wow, Charlie, I’m really impressed with your art! Beautiful. It’s funny but this summer I promised myself that would take time to walk our yard and appreciate the trees, flowers and smells of summer. I’ve been having a wonderful time taking my coffee outside in the morning and just walking, listening and seeing the morning through new eyes. I don’t want to live a compressed life, but one that is expanded and full of small memories filled with the color of life. Thank you, Cherley.

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  12. Wranglers says:

    Sherry, That sounds wonderful, and of course, your recuperation gave you a chance to slow down. I’m glad you’re continuing to do enjoy the little things in life. I’ve seen some beautiful country this week. Thanks for reading, Cher’ley

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  13. Mike Staton says:

    Sweet column, Cherley. One of my 10 has to be star gazing. I’ve been doing it since I was a little boy. A great cousin, who just turned 90, got me a telescope when I was in 8th grade, and I spent many nights gazing at the planets and stars. In 1989 as I was preparing to move to North Carolina from Leesburg, Fla., I gave the instrument to a good friend’s nephew. That friend passed away at the young age of 65 last year after spending far too many of his last years in a nursing home (he had a bad stroke in 2006). He was a veteran, so this Memorial Day weekend he’s on my mind. Last night drove out pass Hoover Dam into Arizona and took a side road to find a spot free of lights to look up and see the meteor shower. In the desert you expect clear skies, but this night it was overcast and I couldn’t see even one star. But it was nice looking skyward on a warm night and just enjoying that “never-to-be-repeated moment. Life … you can’t beat it.

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    • Wranglers says:

      Mike, I love the way you enjoyed and said, “never-to-be-repeated moment”. Those are great moments. I’m sorry about your friend, but glad you are able to honor him with your thoughts this memorial day. Thanks Cher’ley

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  14. Wranglers says:

    Interesting post and so true. People are so into busy-ness these days, I think a lot of creation meant for our enjoyment is missed. I was walking on the street of Jackson, WY and saw a fire rainbow in the sky. I kept looking up and admiring it as I’d never seen one before. I looked around and not one other person on the crowded streets was looking up to see this phenomenon. I felt sorry for them. A beautiful sunny day focused on shopping, and navigating a sidewalk. You have captured the essence of many of these “small things.” Neva

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    • Wranglers says:

      I think this is from Neva, Thank you so much. Not sure what a fire rainbow is, but I’m going to find out. It sounds like something I would love to see. I remember as a young woman, wrapped up tight against the cold and window shopping on a snowy day. I loved it. Cher’ley

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  15. sstamm625 says:

    Cher’ley, I love your list, and your painting is beautiful. I’m having some network issues at the moment and can’t seem to get to the link for you poem. I agree about a good stretch. I always feel so much better after yoga. The smell of lilacs, fresh cut grass, so many things.

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  16. Wranglers says:

    Stephanie, glad you took the time to reflect on some of your favorite things. We share a lot of favorites. Thanks. Cher’ley

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