Life is not made up of great sacrifices or accomplishments, but of little things, where smiles and kindness and small obligations are given over and over again, often daily. It is these little things, habits and rituals and routines that preserve the heart and give us comfort.
When I take my photo walk, I often circle through the community garden, and whenever this sweet little girl and her mother are out on the stoop in front of their home, they graciously grant permission for me to take a few pictures. I remember well those days of sidewalk chalk, playing to learn, hugs and afternoon naps.
I always share the pictures.
I always receive more kindness that I give.
I always say a quiet prayer for their safety and another to express my gratitude.
What we do everyday matters more than what we do every once in a while, so I remind myself to protect these little habits.