The Little Things Are Important

The Little Things Are Important

You never know how those little things impact someone.

I love the little things. You hear everyone say it, but I really mean it. Especially after last summer. Take it from me that time is of the essence and I appreciate moments. I love spending time with the people I love. Quality time is definitely my love language. I have come to realize that some people just don't understand how important the little things are. Maybe they don’t realize the impact far beyond the little thing. There have been many moments where this was brought to my attention, but one stands out and has stuck with me since.

For example, I was in a class two years ago where we took turns bringing in coffee for our professor so that we could have a group quiz. When it was my week, I took him his coffee one class early because I had him for two classes in a row. As he walked into the classroom that week, I pushed the coffee toward him and said, "This is yours. It's a bit early, but I figured I'd give it to you now." He proceeded to tell me he had to watch his grandkids the night before and was in dire need of the coffee. He was so grateful. Even though the coffee was expected due to the agreement, I never realized that maybe he would actually need the coffee.

This fact happened to be brought to my attention, but think of all the times you have probably done something that had an impact (positive or negative) on someone and you probably didn't even know it. I often find myself being impacted by others by the littlest things. I think it is important to tell these people because how much better would the world be if we could be more conscious of the impact we have. I know the point should be that we should do good even when we don’t know the impact. Unfortunately, sometimes people don’t realize that the littlest thing could have a negative impact. And that's where it gets tough. It reminds me of that saying that you never know when someone is struggling so treat everyone with kindness. You never know when the little thing you do could mean the world.

So let that someone know the impact that they have on you. My freshman year of college I had a hard time making friends. I was involved with the Newman group on campus. Around the time my sister got sick, I was at Adoration with a group of friends. We were being walked through a prayer process in which we were supposed to pick one emotion we were feeling. He mentioned the idea of having a hard time and that’s when the littlest thing made the biggest different. My friend just put her hand on my shoulder. I became friends with her later and 2 years after the story, my sister got healthy. I texted my friend and told her how that gesture that day made such a big impact on my life. She had told me she didn’t necessarily remember that little thing (but did remember the day), but was glad she helped in that moment. That moment still sticks with me today.

So just make sure you think before even the littlest things. Maybe it means nothing to you, but it probably means the world to someone else.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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