Sunday, February 6, 2011


It’s those little things. They are tiny episodes that can make or break one’s momentum. An eyelash is one of those things. How can something so small cause so much havoc? It has complete control over you until it moves to the corner of your eye and comes out.

A splinter is another small nuisance. It is amazing how certain things cannot be accomplished until that piece of wood is removed, depending on which hand is affected.

A missing button. How many times have you put on that perfect shirt and the button is off? It is not the last button either, but one that is strategically placed. You must have a button there. Of course you don’t have time to sew one on, even if you had a replacement. So now you have to quickly figure out what other outfit is buttoned ready.

You are brushing your teeth. Reaching for the dental floss, pulling on the string, a very short piece comes out. That’s the end of the roll and you still have chicken stuck between your back teeth.

When was the last time you did business over the telephone? Or I should ask, when was the last time you talked with a real person? You call the number, an automated voice comes on with at least eight options. You keep waiting for the one that applies to your situation. None of them do. So you stay on the line to speak to a representative. You hear another automated message every few seconds apologizing for the long delay, insuring you that the company really wants to take care of your needs. But if for some reason you can no longer wait, please call back between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. and someone will be available to take your call. By now you have forgotten why you made the call in the first place.

Now on the flipside………..There are moments where a tiny thing can make all the difference. How about when you are checking out and you come up ten cents short? The customer behind you tosses you a dime or the cashier takes one out of his pocket.
Or out of the blue someone comes to mind. You go through the mail later that day. Guess what? There’s a card from that person just checking in to say “hi”.
Of course, what about that smile a baby gives you? Yes, I know. Some people would say it’s only gas, but for you, it is a ray of sunshine.

Even though my flipside list isn’t as long, I am sure there are plenty of other examples. I encourage you to add some more.


  1. I call it my teacher angel, but often if I need a certain amount of something, I end up with just enough, almost always. Another little thing that makes me smile is when I least expect it and need it most, one of the staff leaves a bag of chocolate on the table and says, "Help yourself."

  2. I think they are God Winks - when you are thinking of something - you may get an email or a quote that brings it to life!.sandie

  3. Hi,

    For me, this can be when I'm going through a stressful situation and someone says the exact words I need to hear.

  4. Hi Barb,
    I love Chatty Crone's comment calling these special moments God Winks.
    For me, sometimes I'll be wondering how someone I haven't seen in awhile is doing, then I'll run into them that same day in the grocery store or the mall or post office--or they'll call out of the blue.